Freelance Journalist, Germany
Julio Godoy was considered Guatemala's top investigative reporter before he was forced to flee the country under government pressure to silence him. Reporting under dangerous conditions, he was once kidnapped, and the weekly newspaper he helped found was blown up. Since moving to Germany in 1990, Julio Godoy has been working as a freelancer, writing on human rights, development and environment issues among others for IPS-Inter Press Service and Global Perspectives, a monthly magazine for international cooperation. He was a Nieman Fellow in 1989, and in 1996 received a Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett grant.