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A woman connects to the internet from her mobile phone in Havana, Cuba, 17 March 2019, YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists Osmel Ramírez, Niober García Fournier and Roberto de Jesús Quiñones continue to be strictly forbidden to leave the country or even, at times, to leave the province in which they live. They have been arrested or summoned on several occasions, have received threats against their families or have been threatened with imprisonment.

People demonstrate through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 29 March 2019, demanding the removal of President Jovenel Moïse, VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP/Getty Images

The crisis in the country worsened in the last six months with mass protests against the government’s policies and state corruption. The protests resulted in almost three dozen deaths and some one hundred injuries, among them a news photographer in an incident that brought attention to the constant danger that the press faces.

Students and journalists protest in memory of murdered journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona in front of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, 26 April 2018, INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images

IFEX-ALC is sending a joint delegation alongside the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-ALC) and the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) to the UN Office in Geneva in the run-up to Nicaragua’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 15 May.

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IAPA President María Elvira Domínguez said, “We are pleased that after so many years of seeking justice in the case of Nelson [Carvajal] and his family members we will be witnesses and part of a ceremony in which there will be recognized the need to obtain justice for cases such as this one not to occur again.”

The president of La Prensa Editorial Group holds an edition of "La Prensa", which on 18 January 2019 published its cover in blank in protest against the refusal by the DGA to hand over imported paper and ink, in Managua, Nicaragua, 18 January 2019, INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images

IAPA condemned the administrative censorship imposed by the Nicaraguan government on La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario, by withholding the delivery of supplies for the publication of the two newspapers.

A sign in Spanish saying "140 journalists murdered in MX" is seen on a section of the US/Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, 14 May 2018, GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the IAPA declared that advances in legal and digital issues were overshadowed by the murders of 31 journalists and media workers, the imprisonment of five others, and by the constant attacks on individual and social liberties in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

A photojournalist wades through a cloud of tear gas as opposition activists demonstrate against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, 26 June 2017, FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images

So far this year 30 journalists have been murdered in the region, 20 of them since the IAPA’s last meeting in April 2018.

AMLO supporters celebrate the victory of Andres Manuel López Obrador in the main square in Mexico City, Mexico, 1 July 2018, Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images

Mexico, a country facing significant challenges to freedom of expression, saw a change of government, while US media united to fend off attacks by President Trump, and the number of independent media outlets in Venezuela continued to shrink.