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 »
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 »
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 »
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) was acquitted of crimes against the public administration in the case of the “diarios chichas,” or yellow press, by a Supreme Court panel presided over by controversial Judge Javier Villa Stein, reported El Comercio. Read more »
Does Latin America have "public media" or government media labeled "public"? (First article of a series)
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Paola Nalvarte
The most challenging part of data journalism is often the process of collecting information, especially when the journalist needs to make structured spreadsheets from PDF reports, websites or social networks. The new online course in Portuguese offered by the Knight Center and Escola de Dados will show you how to work around this problem and automate the collection of web data. Read more »
St. Vincent and the Grenadines passes Cybercrime Bill that allows prison sentences for online defamation
Lawmakers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines passed the 2016 Cybercrime Act on Aug. 12 that provides up to two years in prison for online defamation.
The country’s criminal code already provides for up to two years in prison for defamation in print, writing and broadcast. Read more »
Ecuador sanctions journalist and media outlet for “media lynching” for publishing investigative report
For repeatedly questioning the purchase of medication by the Ecuadorian government, journalist Janet Hinostroza, and the broadcaster Teleamazonas in which she hosts an interview program, were sanctioned on Aug. 8 by the Superintendency of Information and Communication (Supercom) of Ecuador, according to Fundamedios, a freedom of expression organization. Read more »