During the first quarter of 2016, the following journalists were killed as a result of their work: Anabel Flores Salazar (Mexico), Marcos Hernández Bautista (Mexico) and Ricardo Durán (Venezuela).
- Anabel Flores Salazar (Mexico): a journalist for El Sol de Orizaba and El Buen Tono, was kidnapped from her home by a group of armed men on 8th February and her body was found the following day, tied up and showing signs of torture.
- Marcos Hernández Bautista (Mexico): a journalist for Imagen de Oaxaca and Noticias Voz, was covering the precarious situation of community and indigenous radios in the region. He was found dead after being shot alongside his car in the municipality of San Andrés Huaxpaltepec, Oaxaca.
- Ricardo Durán (Venezuela): journalist at Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) and Director of Communication and Information in the National Assembly, was killed in the entrance to his home on 19th January by unidentified people.