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No person or topic is safe from the gaze of Latin America's satirical news publications


By Molly Smith*

 

These days, headlines around the world often seem absurd, and Latin American writers have capitalized on the outlandish nature of their countries’ political and economic situations to create content for the region’s growing list of satirical publications. Read more »


Brazilian judge revokes authorization to access journalist's telephone records

Update (Dec. 2, 2016):  A judge has revoked authorization to access the telephone records of journalist Andreza Matais.

A Såo Paulo court recently ruled that investigators could access Matais’ telephone records. The decision was related to a series of reports written by the journalist in Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in 2012. Matais now works at O Estado de S. Paulo.

Judge Rubens Pedreiro Lopes of the São Paulo Police Investigations Department made the decision to revoke that authorization on Dec. 2. Read more »


Chicas Poderosas premieres in Venezuela with programming workshop and "hackathon" of public data

International organization Chicas Podererosas (Powerful Girls) recently launched its Venezuelan chapter with a workshop on analysis and programming, as well as a “hackathon” of public data.

Venezuelan journalists Yelitza Linares, Carmen Riera and Nathalie Alvaray of the consulting firm Sinergia, Design and Innovation (SDI for its acronym in Spanish) are the representatives, or "ambassadors", of Chicas Poderosas in Venezuela. Read more »


Brazilian journalists mourn the deaths of 20 colleagues who died in plane crash on way to cover soccer match

At least twenty journalists were killed in a plane crash late in the night of Nov. 28 near Medellín, Colombia. The group was accompanying a delegation from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The team, from the city of Chapecó in southern Brazil, was traveling to play its first match of the final of the South American Cup. Read more »


Drug cartel orders attack against Mexican weekly Zeta, according to local authorities

Authorities informed Mexican weekly Zeta that a criminal group has ordered an attack on the publication after it published photos of alleged organized crime members on the cover of its Nov. 25 issue, according to Zeta.

Zeta reported on Nov. 28 that the Baja California Security Coordination Group informed them of the threat from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


AP Latin America desk photo editor Leslie Mazoch reflects on career covering the region


By Sarah Jasmine Montgomery*

 

In 2001, American photojournalist Leslie Mazoch landed her dream job at the Associated Press (AP), one of the most well-known, international wire services. She moved to Venezuela to begin her career where for the next six years she would photograph financial, political and social issues in the Latin American country. Read more »


Casa Pública in Rio de Janeiro wants to be "a meeting place for journalists from around the world"

It consists of three floors and 300 square meters on a tree-lined street in Botafogo, in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. A noble space, inside and out, dedicated to journalism. The facade is old, well-maintained, with pink-painted walls and white details. On the inside, there are high ceilings adorned by a sumptuous glass chandelier. The dark wood floors and windows, as well as the staircase, give off a warm air. Read more »


Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui denounces robbery, smear campaign and threats against her

In the last week, both Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui and the news site she directs, Aristegui Noticias, have denounced a series of events that, without knowing if they are linked, bring into question how secure the journalist and her team are in the country. Read more »


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