What does Jose Ruben Zamora’s arrest signify for Guatemala’s crackdown on dissent? Journalist Jose Ruben Zamora, the president of Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico, was arrested almost a year ago. He’s reported on 144 investigative pieces about corruption in the Guatemalan government, led by President Alejandro Giammatei. Now he’s potentially facing 40 years in prison for what Guatemala’s government says is money laundering. The Committee to Protect Journalists has called Zamora’s detention “unwarranted.” And many government critics are saying this is part of a broader crackdown on anyone working to uncover corruption.
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