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Crime reporting under pressure in Northern Mexico

As if the dangers of covering crime in one of the riskiest regions of the world for journalists weren’t enough, reporters in Northern Mexico now face new obstacles allegedly created by the authorities who were supposed to protect them.

The state government of Sinaloa passed legislation widely condemned as a “gag law” on crime reporting, and in Tamaulipas, government officials are believed to be behind a campaign to discredit media coverage of organized crime. Read more »


How to use data journalism tools: Knight Center's new online course in Spanish

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will offer the Massive Online Course (or MOOC) “Digital Tools for Data Journalism” with the Argentine journalist and instructor Sandra Crucianelli. The course in Spanish will last five weeks from August 18 to September 21 and anyone with access to the internet can participate (see here to enroll). See this video about the course with the instructor Sandra Crucianelli.

“We live in a sea of information” said Crucianelli to explain the goal of the course. “Today a vast amount of data circulate on the information highway and we have to know how to find them, process them, how to contextualize the data and give them meaning. Finding a scoop is like finding a pearl in the sea.” Read more »


Edison Lanza, next OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, inherits opposition from some member states

When Edison Lanza becomes the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights’   Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in October he will step into a political battle in the Organization of American States (OAS) over the role of his office in the region. Read more »


TV reporter is killed in Honduras, as the country becomes increasingly dangerous for journalists

When a TV journalist was shot to death recently in Tegucigalpa, the police were quick to say the motive had nothing to do with his reporting work. Some publications say he was the 37th a journalist murdered in Honduras since 2003, while others say he was the 45th reporter killed during that same period. Read more »


Nicaraguan journalists demand government action to stop attacks against the press

A group of 60 journalists in Nicaragua’s capital city gathered in the offices of the national police to demand investigations into recent attacks on the press, which they allege are going unaddressed. Read more »


In Mexico, impunity prevails for attacks on the journalists, says Article 19

A new report by Freedom of Expression advocacy organization Article 19-Mexico attributed a continuing trend of attacks against journalists to the Mexican government’s routine failure to prosecute attackers.

It said that attacks on the Mexican press this year were characterized by chronic repetition and government inaction. Read more »


UNESCO reports advances and setbacks on Freedom of Expression in Latin America and Caribbean

Advances on the digital revolution, attacks on journalists, and state-media conflict have marked journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to UNESCO's 2014 report “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development”.  The document highlights state harassment of journalists, challenges refor Read more »


Bolivian court demands journalists disclose sources or face 30 years in jail

Charges of espionage that could result in a 30-year jail sentence were brought against two journalists of the Bolivian newspaper La Razón for publishing alleged state secrets leaked to a reporter by an anonymous source.

Reporter Ricardo Aguilar and editor Claudia Benavente face charges for Aguilar’s reporting on details of the participation of a Bolivian delegation in the proceedings of the International Court of Justice regarding a dispute with Chile. Read more »


Another media company critical of the Venezuelan government is sold: Spanish investors buy El Universal

Private news enterprises have weathered a long history of crippling attacks from the Venezuelan government. Some media owners are now giving up and selling their properties.

Opposition newspaper El Universal becomes Venezuela’s third media giant sold to investors under the presidency of Nicolás Maduro, and represents another blow to private media in its long battle to survive under Venezuela’s Bolivarian government. Read more »


Under pressure by the government, Ecuadorian newspaper shuts down its print edition

After 32 years of print publication, the Ecuadorian daily newspaper Hoy announced that it will stop printing, buckling under government policy which many allege intends to cripple independent press. Hoy, known as an opposition publication, will continue with digital publication. Read more »


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