[Guatemala] Journalist murdered, another threatened

English PEN joins the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International in protesting the murder of Nuestro Diario journalist Jaime Napoleón Jarquín Duarte on 20 March 2013. We are also deeply concerned by the recent threats against El Periódico journalist Sofía Menchú.

PEN is calling on the authorities to investigate Jarquín Duarte’s murder and the threats made against Menchú as a matter of urgency, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Please join us.

For more information on their cases, please visit the PEN International website.


Please send appeals:

  • Protesting the murder of Nuestro Diario journalist Jaime Napoleón Jarquín Duarte;
  • Expressing concern at the recent threats received by El Periódico journalist Sofía Menchú;
  • Calling on the Guatemalan authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into  Jarquín Duarte’s murder, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice;
  • Calling too for the threats against Menchú to be properly investigated.

Send your appeals to:

Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office

Lic. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey
Fiscal General de la República y Jefa del Ministerio Público
15 calle y 15 avenida zona 1
Edificio Gerona
Guatemala 01001, Guatemala
Fax: +502 2411 9191
Salutation: Dear Attorney General/ Estimada Sra. Fiscal General

Minister of the Interior

Lic. Hector Mauricio López Bonilla
Ministro de Gobernación
6ª Avenida 13-71, Zona 1,
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Fax: +502 2413 8658
Salutation: Dear Minister/Estimado Sr.Ministro

Please send also appeals to diplomatic representatives of Guatemala in your country.

His Excellency Mr Ariscolo Valladares
Embassy of Guatemala
13 Fawcett Street
SW10 9HN
Fax: 020 7376 5708
Email: embgranbretana@minex.gob.gt
Salutation: Your Excellency

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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