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Topic “El Salvador”

Salvadoran communication groups condemn murder of radio worker and call for legislation to protect journalists

A Salvadoran communication worker's recent murder is directly linked to his work, according to communications groups that have called on the government for a thorough investigation of the crime and protection for media workers. Read more »


Salvadoran police accuse newspaper of justifying acts of terrorism by showing areas dominated by gangs

If the Attorney General of the Republic of El Salvador accepts a request from the National Police, El Diario de Hoy could become the first media outlet in the country to be investigated for the crime of "justification of acts of terrorism." Those responsible could be sentenced up to 8 years in prison, according to the Special Law against Acts of Terrorism. Read more »


Latin American journalism and advocacy groups recognized by Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Awards

Journalists, media organizations and freedom of expression advocates from El Salvador, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and Ecuador were included on the long list of candidates for the Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards announced on Dec. 16. Read more »


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 Salvador.com 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 »



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