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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has joined eight other press freedom organizations in urging Guatemala’s leaders to address the concerning decline in the country’s press freedom and its significance for democracy.

In a statement issued ahead of the meeting between Guatemala’s President Bernardo Arévalo and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, March 25, the organizations called on the two leaders to undertake tangible measures to promote and safeguard press freedom in Guatemala, to endorse efforts aimed at securing the release of journalist José Rubén Zamora, and to advocate for the protection of journalists who have faced arrests and prosecutions in recent years. 

Here is the text of the joint statement:

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