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UNESCO celebrates World Radio Day to honor the medium that seeks 'a more peaceful and tolerant world'

Under the theme "Dialogue, tolerance and peace," the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is once again leading the celebration of World Radio Day on Feb. 13 to highlight the importance of the radio in its search for a "more peaceful and tolerant world." Read more »


CNN’s arrival shows that Brazil continues to attract international media brands, despite legal restrictions

A country marked by high media concentration, Brazil has seen its journalism market diversify in the last decade with the arrival of international organizations. The latest example is CNN, which licensed its brand to a new Brazilian company — with a promise of 400 new jobs for journalists. Read more »


Nicaragua could bet on a 'journalism of the digital catacombs' in light of current crisis: Sergio Ramírez

While a young Daniel Ortega was fighting the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle in Nicaragua in the late 1970s, media outlets were targeted by censorship laws and journalists had to work in secret. From church pulpits, reporters informed the public about what was happening in the country. Read more »


Cabot Prizes honor journalists who contribute to Inter-American understanding; Nominations open now

Nominations are open for the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the prestigious awards for reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The prizes, founded in 1938 and administered by the trustees of Columbia University in New York City, recognize journalists, media executives or news organizations who have “made a sustained contribution to Inter-American understanding through their coverage of the Americas.” The Prizes Board also looks for journalists working for press freedom on the region, according to the awards site. Read more »


Radio host killed in Tabasco is second journalist murdered in Mexico this year

A veteran radio host was killed in the state of Tabasco in Mexico on Feb. 9, making him the second media professional murdered in the country this year. Read more »


Increased internet access and insecurity for journalists among media trends in Latin America, according to UNESCO

The inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean have seen an increase in access to content on digital platforms in the last six years, according to the report "World trends in freedom of expression and media development: regional overview of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017/2018.”

The report analyzes trends in the region and how they affect freedom of expression, pluralism and media independence, as well as the safety of journalists. Read more »


German journalist detained in Venezuela since November starts new hunger strike in prison

*This entry was updated at 19:21 on 02/06/2019 to include comments from the organization Espacio Público.

German journalist Billy Six, imprisoned in Venezuela since mid-November, began a new hunger strike on Feb. 3 and "demands his immediate release," according to the Venezuelan organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Ibero-American journalists recognized with King of Spain Awards

Journalism from five Latin American countries were recognized with the King of Spain Awards, as announced by Spanish agency EFE and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more »


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