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Man sentenced to six years in prison for murder of Brazilian journalist two decades after the crime

A popular jury condemned a man to six years in prison for participating in the murder of a Brazilian journalist in 1998. Shortly after the trial, the sentence was challenged by the public prosecutor’s office because it considered it too low. Read more »


Mexican president denies releasing list of journalists and media who received government advertising

A list of 36 journalists who allegedly benefited from advertising contracts with the administration of former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which was published on May 23 by the newspaper Reforma, came from a citizen information request and was not disseminated by the presidency, according to current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Read more »


Journalists for The New York Times leave Colombia after being attacked online by public officials

A reporter and photojournalist who work for The New York Times in Colombia left the country after being targeted with stigmatizing remarks from congress members of the ruling party and online harassment in response to an article published in the newspaper regarding the Colombian Armed Forces. Read more »


Mexican journalists and their families confront the new president during his daily press conferences

Since the new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his already famous daily morning press conferences, where he answers questions from the audience and the press, journalists and their families are taking the opportunity to confront the leader concerning threats to themselves and the profession. Read more »


With new diversity editor, Brazil’s Folha plans to expand the variety of voices and stories told by the newspaper

*This story was updated.

Upon taking the position of new director and CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network last April, journalist Hannah Storm argued that it is only possible to build truly ethical journalism if gender is on the agenda and in practice in newsrooms with the aim of advancing equality between women and men. Read more »


Authorities detain man suspected in murder of reporter in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo reported that a man was in custody of the public prosecution for “his probable participation” in the murder for a communicator on May 16 in colonia Forjadores. Read more »


Threatened journalist killed in Mexico was under the federal protection mechanism

*This story was updated on May 17 and again on **May 20.

Another murder of a Mexican journalist occurred on the morning of May 16, this time in Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo. According to Article 19 Mexico, the journalist relied on measures of protection from the federal mechanism of the Secretariat of the Interior because he had previously been the target of aggressions. Read more »


With membership models, Latin American media integrate readers and reinforce revenue

*This story was updated.

The crisis of sustainability in journalism has given birth to revenue alternatives based on the relationship between media outlets and their readers. Events and face-to-face trainings are some examples, as well as the membership model, increasingly chosen by Latin American media to engage their readers in strengthening the journalism they produce. Read more »


Guatemalan presidential candidate withdraws request for precautionary measures against editors of elPeriódico

Guatemalan presidential candidate Sandra Torres withdrew a request for precautionary measures against a group of editors of the independent newspaper El Periódico who she sued using the country’s feminicide law. Torres, who made the announcement via Twitter, said that she reaffirms her commitment to press freedom with this decision. Read more »


Iberoamerican photographers recognized with POY Latam awards tell stories of their own communities and those across the globe

They depict Central American migration to the United States, dancers in an indigenous festival in Peru’s Sinakara Valley, the daily lives of Centennials in Colombia, women serving prison sentences in Venezuela, threats to ancient ruins as the city of Lima expands and environmental poisoning and its effects on Chileans.

The photos of journalists from Latin America, Spain and Portugal were recognized this year during the 2019 POY Latam Awards, founded in 2011 by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega and held every two years. Read more »


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