Violence against journalists in Guatemala increases

Hamilton Hernández became the ninth journalist to be murdered in Guatemala in 2016 on 5 November 2016, when Hernández, who worked for Canal 5 television station, and his wife Ermelinda González were shot and killed on their motorcycle (Prensa Latina). On 4 November, Evelyn Blank from Centro Civitas declared the situation in Guatemala grave for journalists (Estrategia y Negocios). Centro Civitas documented four journalist assassinations in 2015. Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) head Iván Velásquez announced the United Nations' anti-gang unit opened investigations into the assassination of two journalists, but he declined to give more details (Estrategia y Negocios).