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Former paramilitaries will not benefit from reduced sentences in relation to attack on Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya

Colombia's Supreme Court confirmed that two former paramilitary leaders will be excluded from benefits offered under the Justice and Peace Law because they did not tell the truth in the investigation into the abduction, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima that occurred 17 years ago, El Tiempo reported. Read more »


Case of stigmatization demonstrates new dangers facing Colombian journalists

The recent case of stigmatization against Semana columnist Daniel Samper Ospina is just one example of the new types of threats facing journalists in Colombia as the deadly violence of decades past plummets.

For Pedro Vaca, executive director of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), although the number of journalists murdered due to work-related reasons has decreased (in 2016, there were no murders of journalists, and in 2017 the figure has remained at zero), other types of press violations are on the increase. Read more »


Inter-American Court to hear case of Colombian journalist whose murder remains unpunished 19 years after the fact

The case of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal, who was assassinated on April 16, 1998, will be reviewed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Aug. 22 and 23 during a public hearing in Costa Rica, according to a press release from the organization. Read more »


'To make humor from anger': Satirical news reveals the absurd in Venezuelan politics

It’s hard to find any humor in Venezuela’s political crisis  — but not impossible.

The Venezuelan government is known to apply pressure against private media that are critical of President Nicolás Maduro and his administration. However, there are two very popular, often critical outlets that have largely avoided its grasp: Reporte Semanal and El Chigüire Bipolar. Read more »


Brazilian journalists create site featuring award opportunities to help colleagues and improve profession

Collecting information about journalism awards in Brazil has become something of an obsession for journalist Gustavo Panacioni. Read more »


Nonprofit combines data and investigative journalism with community interaction to report on northwest Costa Rica

The Costa Rican newspaper La Voz de Guanacaste, founded in 2002 as La Voz de Nosara, began as a printed newsletter featuring local stories from the northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste. Today, it is the only non-profit Costa Rican newspaper with digital and print versions published in English and Spanish, and almost 42,000 followers on social networks. Read more »


New guide joins MOOC as part of iniative to train judicial workers in Latin America about freedom of expression standards

The deterioration of freedom of expression in Latin America is clear. In 2016 alone, 36 journalists were killed in that region for reasons that may be related to their work, according to the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


One of the last English-language newspapers in Latin America, The Buenos Aires Herald to close after 140 years

The Buenos Aires Herald, the Argentine capital’s English-language newspaper, is closing after 140 years in print. Read more »


Mexican journalist denied asylum nine years after fleeing to U.S. because of death threats


By Teresa Mioli and César López Linares

Nine years after he fled to the United States out of fear for his life, former Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto has been denied asylum in an El Paso immigration court. Read more »


Cuban journalist under house arrest will file formal complaint before prosecutor’s office

Independent Cuban journalist Sol García Basulto, editor of the magazine La Hora de Cuba, will file a formal complaint before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Camagüey against the precautionary measure of house arrest imposed on her July 24.

García Basulto told the Knight Center: “I talked to two lawyers from collective law firms and neither of them wanted to represent me. I have been advised to file a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office.” Read more »


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