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Freedom of expression under fire in Ecuador as NGOs present complaints to IACHR

In Ecuador, “even humor is a reason for persecution.” These words came from Ecuadorian cartoonist Xavier ‘Bonil’ Bonilla, during the 'Situation of Freedom of Expression in Ecuador' hearing, held on March 17 before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) during its 154 Period of Sessions Read more »


Last seats available for a pre-ISOJ workshop on “media metrics, analytics and impact”

Journalists, media executives and scholars who will come to Austin for the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 17-18 can also participate, on April 16, in a workshop on how to measure the impact of digital media. Registration is open here. Read more »


Progress for freedom of the press in Colombia after conviction for illegal wiretapping of journalists and opposition members

The conviction that the Supreme Court of Colombia issued against the former director of the defunct Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), María del Pilar Hurtado, and former Secretary General of the Presidency in the administration of Álvaro Uribe, Bernardo Moreno Villegas, implies a breakthrough in the investigation of cases related to violations of freedom of the press in the country, according to some organizations. Read more »


Brazilian crowdfunding campaign "Ocupe a Pública" surpasses its goal and extends to 2016


Three days before the end of their crowdfunding campaign, Brazilian journalism nonprofit Pública, an investigative organization led by women, met its goal. The campaign “Ocupe A Pública”, launched on Jan. 21, aimed to collect $50,000 Brazilian reals  (around US $18,000) to fund 10 stories with themes chosen by reader-collaborators who will also be involved with their production. Read more »


In Mexico, PEN Awards go to writers and journalists who embody freedom of expression


In an environment where widespread violence against journalists persists, five distinguished writers stood up for freedom of expression and were recognized for excellence in journalism, literature and their work for human rights.  Read more »


Op-ed on homosexuality costs Colombian columnist his job


By: Carola Guerrero De León

Feb. 17 was a day like any other for Yohir Akerman, former columnist for El Colombiano, until he discovered – while flipping through the pages of the paper – that he had been fired. The reason: claiming that “god was wrong” to reject homosexuality in the Bible in one of his columns.  Read more »


Sign up for a new online course on interactive data visualization for the web using D3.js

Update: Registration for this course closed on March 6, 2015, after reaching maximum capacity. We are considering offering it again in the future. Read more »


Knight Center launches program for ISOJ 2015, the global conference on online journalism; registration is open

ISOJ 2015

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released the program for the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that attracts media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world. ISOJ will be held at the University of Texas at Austin on April 17-18, 2015. Check the ISOJ program here and click here to register. Read more »


Journalists under threat as violence increases in Mexican border state Tamaulipas


An increase in organized crime-related violence has terrorized the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas over the past week. Conflicts between rival cartel factions in the neighboring border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros have left dozens dead, escalating the present danger for journalists practicing in the region. Read more »


Environment of fear affects electoral coverage in Guatemala

After fracturing her jaw with a single stroke, Susana Morazán’s aggressors made a threat: “stop talking bad about the government.” The event took place on Jan. Read more »


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