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Global news tech survey shows journalists not keeping pace with digital revolution, but some bright spots in Latin America

Globally, journalists are not keeping pace with the digital revolution. This is according to a recent survey from The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), “The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms.” Read more »


Organizations demand Colombian police investigate attack on commission and death of indigenous journalist

The Colombian National Police is being accused of potentially being responsible for two separate attacks on press freedom on Oct. 8.

Organizations like the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP for its acronym in Spanish) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper) urge authorities to investigate the cases and punish those responsible. Read more »


International and local journalists released after being detained while reporting on prison in Venezuela

This story has been updated to include some comments from the journalists after their release.

Three journalists reporting at the infamous Tocorón prison in northern Venezuela were released Oct. 8 after being held by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB for its acronym in Spanish) for two days. Read more »


Public Prosecutor in São Paulo, Brazil to investigate threats against journalists on the internet

The Public Prosecutor of the State of São Paulo wants to identify and punish those who threaten or persecute journalists on social networks. From now on, it will be possible to make a complaint to the entity’s Center for Combating Cybercrime, which wants to identify groups that incite the actions of “haters.” However, the change is valid only for the state of São Paulo. Read more »


Mexican photojournalist found dead one day after being abducted in San Luis Potosí

Mexican photojournalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro was found dead on Oct. 6 in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico, a day after being kidnapped by men who allegedly identified themselves as police officers.

His body was found near Ponciano Arriaga International Airport with signs of torture and execution, according to El Universal. Read more »


Reports from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras win 2017 Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards

The Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Festival in Medellín, Colombia recognized four Latin American journalism reporting projects from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras on Sept. 29 as part of the 2017 Gabo Awards.. Read more »


After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican journalists defy collapse of communications and personal losses to continue reporting


By Teresa Mioli and Evelyn Moreno

International and Puerto Rican media have set up shop in the Puerto Rico Convention Center, creating a de facto newsroom in the same building where officials give press conferences and citizens look for resources. Read more »


Bolivian media call attention to bill that opens possibility of sanctioning journalists’ "recklessness"

Media and journalism associations in Bolivia are on alert due to a proposal to reform the Penal Code that is under debate in the country's Congress. They claim that Article 200 of the new Code, which provides for sanctions against professional misconduct, poses a threat to press freedom by opening the door to the criminalization of journalists in that country. Read more »


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