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Topic “Bolivia”

More than half of Bolivian journalists have suffered censorship and self-censorship


More than half of journalists in Bolivia said they have suffered censorship and/or self-censorship during their professional lives, according to a presentation by researcher Virginie Poyetton on April 16 on her new book “Journalistic censorship and self-censorship in Bolivia. A perspective from within the profession itself,” reported newspaper Opinión. Read more »


Bolivia created “government-operated” media network to control public opinion, new book says

In the last several years the administration of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has created a media network that is privately owned but is indirectly controlled by the government in an effort to have direct influence over public opinion, according to a new book about the Bolivian government’s relationship with the media. Read more »


Impunity persists two years after the killing of journalists in Bolivia

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the fact that two years after the killing of brother-and-sister journalists Verónica and Víctor Hugo Peñasco, Bolivia’s justice system still has not tried anyone for the murder, even though the prosecution originally arrested ten suspects. Read more »


Impunity, the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region, IFEX report says

In the last 20 years, 670 journalists have been killed in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates from the IFEX-ACL alliance, which recently presented their Annual Report on Impunity 2013: "Faces and Traces of Freedom of Expression in Latin America and the Caribbean." The crimes -- most of which remain unsolved -- have turned impunity into the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region. Read more »


In Bolivia, journalists criticize access to information bill; in Peru, transparency law is not used enough

For Bolivian investigative journalist Raúl Peñaranda, a columnist and former director of the independent newspaper Página Siete, access to information in his country is extremely limited.

In August, the Congress of Bolivia approved the first part of a bill on access to public information, which does not have the support of journalists in the country because it's seen as a a threat to freedom of expression and an obstacle to investigative journalism. Read more »


New bill would limit access to information, say Bolivian journalists during protests


Numerous protests led by journalists across Bolivia rallied earlier this month in the country's most important cities and squares to protest against a new federal transparency bill that would limit -- instead of expanding -- access to public information, news agency AFP reported. Read more »


Amnesty International’s annual report highlights threats against freedom of expression in Latin America

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Dominican Republic were the countries in the Americas with the most alerts on violations or possible threats against freedom of expression in 2012, according to Amnesty International's 2013 annual report on the state of human rights around the world. Read more »



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