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Special Rapporteur of the IACHR finds discord and polarization between Bolivian government and critical media

There is discord between the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales and a large sector of the media, as well as organizations defending freedom of expression, said Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), during a visit to La Paz, according to Página Siete. Read more »


Peruvian journalists release book of investigative research tools in the era of massive data

Update (Aug. 30, 2016): A digital version of "The Swiss Army Knife for Journalists" is now available online in Spanish and English. An interactive version in Spanish is also online. Read more »


Police arrest second man accused of participating in murder of Brazilian journalist

A second person accused of participating in the murder of journalist João Miranda do Carmo was arrested on the night of Aug. 26, about a month after the crime, according to news site G1. Read more »


Ecuadorian Association of Newspaper Editors (AEDEP) wins the IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) just announced its annual awards for Excellence in Journalism 2016, aimed to “encourage excellence in journalism and the defense of freedom of expression throughout the continent.” Read more »


Attacks continue against news media offices in Venezuela

Two Venezuelan news outlets suffered attacks from armed men in the past three days.

In Caracas, the offices of digital news site Crónica Uno, an initiative of freedom of expression organization Espacio Público, were targeted on Aug. 22. Read more »


Mexican journalist in serious condition after being shot outside home in Veracruz

Freelance Mexican journalist Lucia López Castillo survived a shooting outside her home in Poza Rica, Veracruz on the night of Aug. 21.

López Castillo was walking outside her home and encountered a man wearing a hood, according to Crónica de Xalapa. The man assaulted and shot her before fleeing in a taxi, the publication reported. Read more »


Freedom of expression groups alarmed by detentions of Venezuelan journalists

Arguing that journalists were making recordings in a “presidential corridor,” members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB for its acronym in Spanish) in Venezuela detained journalists Andreina Flores and Jorge Luis Pérez Valery, according to the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela (IPYS). Read more »


Brazilian newspaper owner, fourth journalist killed in country this year, was writing about local corruption

Brazilian journalist Maurício Campos Rosa, owner of the newspaper O Grito, died on Aug. 17 after being shot five times. The murder occurred in Santa Luzia, in the metropolitan region of Minas Gerais' state capital. He was the fourth journalist killed in Brazil this year. Read more »


Judge exempts police from responsibility for blinding Brazilian photographer, says it was journalist’s own fault

In a decision that has been heavily criticized by organizations defending freedom of the press, Brazilian courts determined that a photographer was responsible for being hit by a rubber bullet during the country’s protests in 2013. Read more »


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