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Austin Forum 2010

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New digital book shines light on covering drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Reporting on the illegal narcotics industry and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean is much more difficult, complex and dangerous than it looks like, according to a new digital book in English and Spanish released by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, in conjunction with the Open Society Foundations. Read more »

At 8th Austin Forum, Journalists in Americas demand protection to cover drugs and organized crime

Forty-five journalists and media-support personnel from 20 countries gathered in Austin, Texas, Sept. 17-18, 2010, for the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. This year’s gathering focused on coverage of drug trafficking and organized crime. In two days of panels and roundtable discussions, journalists and members of media-development and press freedom organizations discussed the changing global panorama of drug trafficking and outlined a number of new chances for journalists to improve their coverage of drug trafficking while operating safely amid risks and threats.

Latin American and Caribbean journalists issue “Austin Declaration” demanding official action on attacks against media

AUSTIN, Texas — Distinguished investigative journalists and members of media-support organizations from 20 countries in the Americas and Europe strongly condemned the killings of journalists and attacks on the media by organized crime, particularly in Mexico. They insisted that international organizations and governments in the Americas assume their responsibilities to guarantee the rights to life and information that are included in their constitutions. Read more »

Coverage of drug trafficking and organized crime brings journalism groups to 8th Austin Forum

Members of 40 organizations dedicated to journalist training and safety are gathering Sept. 17–18, 2010, in Austin, Texas, for the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. The annual gathering focuses this year on the coverage of drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more »

Latin American and Caribbean journalism group issues declaration condemning violence against the press

A group of renowned investigative journalists from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, who had gathered for the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, issued a declaration condemning the violence against journalists that is threatening freedom of expression from Mexico to the Southern Cone. Read more »

Latin American journalists gather to call for more cooperation across countries, better understanding of organized crime

Day two of the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the University of Texas at Austin kicked off with journalists from South and Central America and Eastern Europe discussing how reporters and journalism organizations can cooperate across borders to better cover organized crime. Read more »

Shooting of Mexican photographers adds new urgency to journalist gathering on drug trafficking and organized crime

News that a 21-year-old photography intern was shot to death Thursday in Ciudad Juárez, and that his 18-year-old colleague was wounded, increased the sense of urgency for members of 40 journalist training and safety organizations who gathered in Austin, Texas, Friday and Saturday (Sept. 17–18) for the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »

On the Road: Salvadoran journalists expound on year-long project covering Central American migrants' journeys through Mexico

During a presentation Friday, Sept. 17, to more than 40 public policy, Latin American studies, government and sociology students at the University of Texas at Austin, Salvadoran journalists Oscar Martinez and Carlos Dada of explained how the multi-media news website put together a project looking at the dangerous path of undocumented Central American migrants through Mexico. Read more »

Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas

Thursday, September 16: Panel discussion

Dr. Gabriela Polit, UT-Austin Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Cristian Alarcón, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Argentina)
Javier Mayorca, El Nacional (Venezuela)
Alvaro Sierra, University for Peace (Costa Rica)
Samuel Gonzalez, Criminal justice consultant (Mexico) Read more »


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