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Public official sentenced for the first time in Mexico for ordering an attack against a journalist

Enrique Benjamín Solís Arzola, former mayor of Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, was sentenced to two years in prison for ordering the attack on journalist Karla Janeth Silva Guerrero, from the newspaper Heraldo de León, in September 2014. Solís Arzola is the first public official to be sentenced in the country for assaulting a journalist, according to Animal Político. Read more »


Dorrit Harazim of Brazil and Martín Caparrós of Argentina among winners of 2017 Maria Moors Cabot Awards

Brazilian columnist, publisher and documentarian Dorrit Harazim, and Argentine journalist and author Martin Caparrós are among the winners of the 2017 Maria Moors Cabot Award, announced on July 21 by the Read more »


Latin American digital media sites grow and become profitable but suffer attacks, according to SembraMedia

Digital media sites are growing and many are becoming profitable — transforming, in every sense, the way journalism is made and consumed in Latin America. This was one of the most important findings of the study “Inflection Point,” that analyzed 100 digital media ventures from four Latin American countries, conducted by the organization SembraMediaRead more »


Journalists and organizations launch initiative to build an agenda to confront press violence in Mexico

From her pedestal in the middle of Mexico City, the Angel of Independence looked upon the words “They are killing us” and “No to Silence,” written in white letters measuring several feet high. Read more »


Mexican journalist wins International Press Freedom Award from CPJ

Mexican journalist Patricia Mayorga, a correspondent for the magazine Proceso, was among the recipients of the 2017 International Press Freedom Award, presented Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Member states of the OAS pass resolution obligating them to fight violence against journalists in the region

The recent signing of a resolution by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now part of the working arguments used by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur of the IACHR of the OAS, will now consider the resolution as it becomes part of the legal body with which governments can be urged to comply. Read more »


Journalists dissect the Lava Jato scandal using investigative reports and interactive tools

Those involved in the Lava Jato scandal, the bribery scheme formed by Brazilian companies and politicians from at least 12 countries, resorted to sophisticated methods of corruption, such as the use of offshore companies, the creation of accounts in tax havens and overcharges in public works contracts. And of course, they also took care that their actions did not leave a trace.

For this reason, the case presented significant complexity for authorities and journalists. Read more »


Brazilian magazine AzMina addresses women's issues without reinforcing stereotypes

A free Brazilian digital magazine is proving that it is possible to produce specialized journalism while also reaching the general public. Two-year-old publication AzMina focuses on gender issues and produces complex and in-depth reporting with accessible language.

Nana Queiroz, founder and editorial director of AzMina, said the magazine was created to democratize the discussion on gender issues in Brazil. Read more »


How to be heard above the noise: a guide for journalists launching a podcast


This article is part of the book, "Innovative Journalism in Latin America," published by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with the help of Open Society Foundations' Program on Independent Journalism.

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Media executive says press freedom at stake as U.S. refuses to renew commercial operations license to Panamanian newspapers

Estrella de Panamá and El Siglo will not be able to conduct business transactions with U.S. citizens and companies starting July 13, 2017 following the recent decision of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department to not review their operating license, according to La Estrella de Panamá. Read more »


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