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Two journalists killed in Brazil and Colombia; 3 journalists murdered in northeastern Brazil during Nov. 2015

As the end of the year nears, two more journalists were killed in Brazil and Colombia in the past week. Read more »

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the OAS hears NGO’s concerns about media concentration

At a conference in Bogotá, Colombia, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Edison Lanza, talked with representatives of various international organizations concerned with media concentration in the Americas. Read more »

"Adelante," new training program covering Latin America, will benefit 270 journalists in the next five years; apply now

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) opened applications for its newest reporting initiative, Adelante (Moving Forward), a Latin America-focused program in which it seeks to train 270 journalists over the next five years. Read more »

Veteran radio journalist María Martin honored for 40 years in U.S. public radio and for training journalists in Latin America

Clouds covered Antigua, blocking the view of the city’s ever-present neighbor, the volcano known as Fuego. After two days of tremors and explosions in the colonial city, news reports said activity was slowing down.

Fuego’s eruptions have been constant over the past several years.

“It always reminds us that it is not sleeping,” said María Martin, a veteran radio journalist honored on Nov. 19 at the University of Texas at Austin for her forty years in public radio and many years of work in Latin America to train journalists. Read more »

GlobalGirl Media seeks to empower a new generation of Brazilian girls through their media training program

GlobalGirl Media (GGM), a U.S.-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women through the media, is fundraising for a new initiative in São Paulo, Brazil.  The program focuses on the links between sexuality and technology and aims to provide girls with a channel for voicing their opinions through journalism and other media. Read more »

International experts discuss media concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean

From Nov. 18 to 19, international experts are meeting in Bogota, Colombia to discuss the situation of the media, legislation, ownership concentration and/or control and the impact on freedom of expression and the exercise of journalism. Read more »

Blogger killed in northeastern Brazil; second journalist murdered in country in less than a week

Two people on a motorcycle fatally shot 30-year-old Brazilian blogger Ítalo Eduardo Diniz Barros on Nov. 13 in Governador Nunes Freire in Maranhão state. A friend with Diniz was also shot, but survived, according to G1.

Military police confirmed that Diniz had received threats for publications made to his blog, G1 reported. Read more »

Brazil extradites former Paraguayan mayor accused of being mastermind behind the murder of journalist Pablo Medina

Former mayor Vilmar Acosta arrived in Asunción - Paraguay's capital - Tuesday Nov. 17 after Brazil approved his extradition. He now will have to answer for the murder of journalist Pablo Medina, according to Reuters. The journalist’s assistant, Antonia Almada, was also killed in the attack targeting the reporter. Read more »

Former AP correspondent talks about life in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Olympics

Juliana Barbassa, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism, returned to campus on Nov. 16 to speak to a group of students and professors about her new book Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink.

After living and studying outside of South America for most of her life, Barbassa returned to her birthplace of Brazil in 2010 as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. Read more »

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