03 May 2005
The media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, says there has been an upsurge in violence against the media in Latin America.
In its annual press freedom report released Tuesday, the group said a total of 12 journalists and two media assistants were killed in the region last year.
The countries in which the 14 were killed include Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Peru, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
Reporters Without Borders says violence against the media has decreased in several countries, including Bolivia, Guatemala and Haiti.
The group describes press freedom in Cuba as disastrous and dubs it the region's only prison for journalists, with 22 currently imprisoned.
Reporters Without Borders released Tuesday's report to coincide with World Press Freedom Day.