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The League Against Silence wants to overcome self-censorship in Colombia

“We are going to make a confession: in Colombia, journalists publish much less than what they know.” Thus begins the promotion video of the newly-formed network of journalists called The League Against Silence, which, through its first activity, is seeking resources to cover the most self-censored issues in the country. Read more »


Reporters Without Borders wants to increase its presence in Latin America, invests in a regional office in Brazil

Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French), a nonprofit organization that defends freedoms of expression and information, has been investing in Brazil to increase visibility and presence in the country. In 2015, RSF opened a regional office for Latin America in Rio de Janeiro and launched  a version of its site in Portuguese at the end of November 2016. Read more »


Radio reporter killed in Chihuahua, Mexico; main line of investigation is his work as a journalist

Radio reporter Jesus Adrián Rodríguez Samaniego, 41, was killed outside his home in Chihuahua, Mexico on the morning of Dec. 10.

According to La Silla Rota, the journalist was getting in his car to go to station Antena 102.5 FM to participate in his weekly slot as part of a commentator’s roundtable when two men in a car drove by and shot him multiple times. Read more »


Venezuelan digital media launch joint advertising strategy to ensure profitability

This story is part of a series on Innovative Journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.(*)


After several years of joining forces, the “Rebel Alliance” took another step forward in its struggle to survive the forces of the dark side. Read more »


More than physical violence: Experts warn that Mexican journalists also face trauma, mental health problems


By Perla Arellano*

 

For Mexican journalists, covering la nota roja – or the crime beat – goes beyond being exposed to physical dangers. By living and working in high-risk areas, their constant and systematic contact with violence puts their mental health on the line.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas spoke with three experts about the potential traumatic effects and mental health issues for journalists who cover violence in Mexico. Read more »


Reporting prize seeks to “challenge the logic of the drug war” in Brazilian journalism

The Gilberto Velho Media and Drugs reporting prize, which has acknowledged five Brazilian journalists in its third edition, aims to encourage and improve the quality of the public debate on drug policies and legislation in the South American country. The 2016 winners of the prize were announced on Dec. 2. Read more »


Braulio Jatar completes 3 months in prison in Venezuela as international campaign for his release advances


Ana Julia Jatar shared a photo of her brother Braulio 82 days after he was first imprisoned in Venezuela. His face is gaunt, his once full head of silver hair is shaven and he wears a sad expression on his face. Read more »


High level of media concentration threatens freedom of information in Peru, says report from Ojo Público and RSF

In Peru, there is a high level of media concentration that threatens freedom of information in the country, according to a report prepared by Peruvian digital investigative journalism site Ojo Público, in conjunction with the German chapter of the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French). Read more »


Reports on executions, violence and trafficking take home the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award

The 14th Latin American Investigative Journalism Award honored works that uncovered extrajudicial executions in Mexico, violent conflicts over land and timber in Brazil and the trafficking of cultural heritage throughout the region. Read more »


No person or topic is safe from the gaze of Latin America's satirical news publications


By Molly Smith*

 

These days, headlines around the world often seem absurd, and Latin American writers have capitalized on the outlandish nature of their countries’ political and economic situations to create content for the region’s growing list of satirical publications. Read more »


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