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Mexican government approves emergency budget for protection mechanism for journalists through end of 2018

The outgoing government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has assigned 75 million Mexican pesos (US $4 million) to the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists and ensured its operation through the end of the year. Read more »


Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards announce 12 finalists in text, image, coverage and innovation

Journalistic projects from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, the United States and Venezuela are among the 12 finalists for the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards. Read more »


Honduran journalists denounce attacks from protestors, police officers and military members during demonstrations

Honduran journalists reported being attacked by demonstrators, police officers and military members during demonstrations in Tegucigalpa on the 197th anniversary of independence. Read more »


Need for more reporting on South America’s Amazon led to the creation of a $5.5 million fund for rainforest journalism

Journalists working in the Amazon now have a new fund at their disposal to help realize coverage of the region thanks in part to the initiative of reporters working in the area.

The Norwegian government and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently launched the Rainforest Journalism Fund (journalism fund on tropical forests) to allocate U.S. $5.5 million over five years for coverage raising awareness about global problems in tropical forests and climate change. Read more »


Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available

An online course on the complex programming language R recently ended with more than 3,300 registered students from 131 countries and all instructional materials for the course are now available. The materials are available to the general public and will act as an ongoing resource for those who are interested in learning more about R. Read more »


Online Journalism Awards go to innovative news media in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela

Latin American newsrooms won four big honors at the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, prestigious prizes recognizing excellent digital journalism.

Postdata.club, a data journalism site in Cuba, won the General Excellence in Online Journalism award for Micro Newsroom. As noted by the organization itself, it often builds or completes data sets due to the difficulty of obtaining public data on the island. Read more »


Threatened Brazilian media professionals officially included in protection mechanism of the Ministry of Human Rights

Communicators threatened for doing their work were officially included in the protection program for human rights defenders of Brazil’s Ministry of Human Rights (MDH, for its initials in Portuguese). Read more »


Plenary Assembly of Ecuador will study reforms to the country's controversial Communications Law

Ecuador’s Organic Law of Communication (LOC, for its initials in Spanish), considered by press freedom organizations as the most repressive law of the continent, could be reformed before the end of 2018. Read more »


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