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Mexican journalists rally for protections after colleague beaten in newsroom

In the aftermath of the severe beating of a young journalist, a police chief is on the run and journalists are rallying for protection of freedom of expression across Mexico.

Karla Janeth Silva Guerrero, a 24-year-old reporter for El Heraldo de Leon, sustained life-threatening head injuries after three men threatened and beat her at the paper’s office in Silao, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, on Mexico on Sept. 4. Read more »


Nearly 40 publications affected as Venezuelan newsprint crisis worsens

Venezuela’s oldest daily newspaper, El Impulso, is the latest publication to narrowly avert a shutdown amid an ongoing newsprint (paper) shortage that has affected nearly 40 newspapers and magazines across the country over the past year. Read more »


Guatemala’s elPeriódico accuses government of spying on their newsroom


By Oscar Ricardo Silva and Christina Noriega

On September 13, the Guatemalan government posted photographs of an unpublished article planned to run three days later on the newspaper elPeriódico, raising questions as to whether or not the government had been spying on the newsroom. Read more »


Argentine fact-checking site Chequeado.com seeks public support for accountability journalism

In a saturated and rapidly evolving digital media landscape, discerning truth from fallacy has proven to be a challenge for readers, especially in the case of government discourse. In response to a growing demand for trustworthy and accurate news, the practice of fact-checking has emerged as a practice that allows journalists to hold public officials accountable for their statements. Read more »


Research shows coverage of Brazilian protests emphasized conflict and not demands


By Rachel Reis Mourao

Mainstream media coverage of Brazilian protests in June, 2013, both on websites and Twitter, highlighted riots and acts of vandalism, rather than demands made by protestors, according to a University of Texas researcher. The findings, which shed light on the role of media in the portrayal of protests, were presented at the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Montreal, Canada. Read more »


Peruvian general is under investigation for death of journalist during internal war in 1988

The criminal investigation of Peru’s Minister of the Interior for the death of a journalist in 1988 serves as a reminder that the Andean nation still lives and deals with the effects of an internal war that ravaged the country in the late twentieth century.

Whether retired General Daniel Urresti, who President Ollanta Humala named Minister of the Interior in June of this year, will face trial for the 1988 murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos hinges on the decision of the chief prosecutor in Lima.  Read more »


Infographics MOOC students attend newspaper congress in São Paulo and visit Google Brasil

Alberto Cairo

The ability to cope with a disruptive environment and an awareness of new technological resources are key skills for the 21st century journalist. This was the lesson highlighted by a group of eight students who participated in a recent Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.  The students won scholarships to attend the 10th Brazilian Congress of Newspapers (CBJ by its initials in Portuguese) and visit the facilities of Google Brasil. Read more »


Knight Center publishes e-book on transparency, accountability and journalism in Latin America, Caribbean

As part of its series of occasional e-books, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas just launched “Transparency and Accountability: Journalism and access to public information in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Read more »


New owners of leading Venezuelan newspaper fire columnists and change editorial line

A leading Venezuelan newspaper that was recently sold to anonymous investors appears to be shifting its opposition editorial line weeks after pledging not to. The managing editor at El Universal, Elides Rojas, told the International Press Institute (IPI) that the newspaper’s new president had “ordered a complete revision of the opinion section” and had suspended or dismissed editorial staff. Read more »


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 »


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