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ELN reports release of Dutch journalists being held in Colombia’s Catatumbo


By Silvia Higuera and Teresa Mioli

After being detained for six days, two Dutch journalists were released on June 23 by the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish), according to Radio Nacional Patria Libre, the official radio station of the ELN.

The Tweet read: “We report that the two foreigners captured by the ELN in the Catatumbo were released in perfect conditions.” Read more »


Colombian and Brazilian digital media sites win at 2017 Data Journalism Awards

A team in Colombia that works to document the decades-long armed conflict in that country, and an organization revealing legal actions used to stop the spread of public information in Brazil, are among the winners of the 2017 Data Journalism Awards.

The jury recognized Colombian site Rutas del Conflicto as the data journalism website of the year. Crtl+x from the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism, also known as Abraji, received the small newsroom award. Read more »


Brazilian journalists host pioneering congress to strengthen education journalism in country

One year after the launch of Brazil’s Association of Education Journalists, also known as Jeduca, the organization is hosting its inaugural Congress on Education Journalism to address the challenges facing the reporting specialization in the current news environment. Read more »


Colombian official says commission is working to free Dutch journalists being held by the ELN

Updated (June 21): ELN-PAZ, the Delegation for Dialogue of the National Liberation Army, released a statement saying it seeks to clarify the situation of the Dutch journalists held in El Tarra, Colombia. However, it added that it had not been able to internally confirm the responsibility of the organization because of "difficulties inherent in the conflict and the lack of rapid communication mechanisms in the area." Read more »


Chicas Poderosas to launch incubator for entrepreneurial women journalists in Brazil in 2018

Women journalists, communicators, programmers and designers in Latin American media are like diamonds forming under great pressure, according to CEO and founder of Chicas Poderosas, Mariana Santos. Her organization wants to bring these gems to the surface with a new incubator for women media entrepreneurs. Read more »


Mexican journalists and activists denounce the government for alleged espionage via malware

*Ed. note: This post was updated to include a statement from the Mexican government and to clarify that both The New York Times and Citizen Lab released reports about the alleged espionage. It was also updated to include a note from Citizen Lab concerning the source of the messages.​ Read more »


Latin American laws on access to public information are among the best in the world: Unesco report

More than 100 countries in the world have a law in their national legislation that allows access to public information. Latin America is the region with developing countries that has advanced most in this respect, even surpassing certain aspects of the laws of European Union countries, according to the recent Unesco report, "Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America.” Read more »


Journalists and organizations from Mexico and the world unite to demand justice a month after the murder of Javier Valdez

The murder of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez on May 15 was the last straw for the reporters’ guild in that country, considered one of the most dangerous to practice journalism in the world. Read more »


Journalists from 11 countries join efforts for website covering the Lava Jato corruption scandal

A political scandal that transcends borders, such as Operation Car Wash –the network of corruption and money laundering that originated in Brazil and involves politicians and businessmen from several countries– requires cross-border, collaborative and persistent journalistic work. Read more »


Fake news, funding and innovations in the media will be highlights at Media Party in Buenos Aires

For five years, the Buenos Aires, Argentina branch of Hacks/Hackers has gathered thousands of journalists and tech experts in its fair city to discuss the future of news and innovation. This September, the conference known as Media Party will address one of the biggest threats to the news industry and greatest opportunities for innovation: fake news. Read more »


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