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Topic “El Salvador”

U.S. media defend drone journalism from federal government, arguing freedom of the press

On Tuesday, May 6, top media companies in the United States accused the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) of obstructing freedom of speech and of the press with its broad policies prohibiting the use of drones for newsgathering. Read more »

"We define ourselves as 'platform-agnostic,'" says founder of Salvadorian news site El Faro (video)

This year El Salvador's acclaimed news website El Faro celebrates its 16th anniversary.

When it launched in 1998, the outlet broke new ground when it became the country's first independent digital-native news site. Nowadays El Faro is often cited as an example of excellence in Latin American online journalism for its high-impact investigations and constant experimentation with different formats to tell stories.  Read more »

Drones to offer new angle on Salvadorian presidential election

Two media outlets in El Salvador have announced that they are going to use nonmilitary drones to cover the upcoming presidential election. The drones are to provide videos, photos and new perspectives of the Feb. 2 election for the 2014-2019 term, said Salvadorian newspapers El Diario de Hoy and La Prensa Gráfica. Read more »

Director of Salvadorian newspaper arrested for case resolved 18 years ago

Salvadorian authorities arrested Francisco Valencia, director of the newspaper Co Latino, late Thursday night. Valencia is accused of slandering a now-retired police chief in 1996, El reported. Read more »

Biggest protection for journalists is to report quickly and accurately, says reporter with El Salvador’s El Faro

Carlos Martínez is a reporter with Salvadoran news site El Faro who specializes in covering violence in Central America. He's part of the publication's Sala Negra team, which was created in 2011 with the goal of creating a model for permanent coverage of prisons, gangs, organized crime and violence in the region. Read more »

Mexico, El Salvador, Antigua ranked higher in right to information laws than U.S. and Canada

Mexico, El Salvador and Antigua are ranked higher than Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia on a global ranking of right to information laws, according to the annual ratings prepared by Access Info Europe (AIE) and Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). Read more »

Law in El Salvador considers jailtime for management of media outlets who refuse to publish responses verbatim

The Legislative Assembly in El Salvador approved a law that requires media outlets to publish letters of response verbatim of people who feel offended by any reported content, according the newspaper El Faro. 

In case of the media outlet refuses to publish the exact letter in a period of three days, the person can take the case to a justice of the peace, who can hand down a jail sentence of one to three years for that outlet's directors or representatives. Read more »

Acclaimed photojournalist’s new book chronicles her coverage of civil wars, gang violence in Central America

Last month Donna DeCesare, an award-winning photojournalist and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, released her bilingual book Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs. The book is both a memoir and a collection of her photographs documenting the impact of civil wars and gangs on young people in Central America and the United States. Read more »