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Venezuela and Colombia top list of Latin American newspapers with most Twitter followers


By Melinda Billingsley

The newspaper industry may be declining, but its number of Twitter followers is not. Among top newspapers in Latin America, Venezuelan and Colombian publications claim the most Twitter followers, according to our recent survey, which included a sample of leading newspapers across the region.  Read more »


Colombian and Mexican journalists win Gabriel García Márquez excellence award

Colombian journalist Javier Dario Restrepo and Mexican journalist Marcela Turati have been announced as the 2014 winners of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) Acknowledgement of Journalistic Excellence award. Read more »


Paramilitary groups in Colombia target journalists with hit lists

Los Urabeños and Los Rastrojos, paramilitary groups in Colombia, have published hits lists threatening a combined ten journalists with consequences if they don’t immediately abandon their posts and leave the towns where they work. Read more »


Uruguayan Edison Lanza takes over as OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Uruguayan journalist and lawyer Edison Lanza was confirmed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as the new Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, replacing Colombian Catalina Botero. Read more »


Argentine government alleges irregularities in Grupo Clarín's plan to downsize


More than 10 months after Grupo Clarín begrudgingly presented a plan to split the multimedia conglomerate into six companies to comply with the five-year-old Media Law, the Argentine government has alleged irregularities in the plan. Read more »


Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for media advice


A video released by an anonymous source shows two Mexican journalists in the state of Michoacán taking money from members of one of the country’s most wanted cartel leaders, Servando “La Tuta” Gómez Martínez, in exchange for media advice.  Read more »


OAS rapporteur is concerned with state of freedom of expression in Venezuela

The Organization of American States' special rapporteur for Freedom of Expression released a statement in which it “express[ed] its deepest concern for the deterioration of the right to freedom of expression in Venezuela.” Read more »


Paraguay becomes 100th country to sign FOI law

On Sept. 18, Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes signed the country’s first freedom of information (FOI) law, making it the 100th country in the world to pass similar legislation. Read more »


Mexican journalists rally for protections after colleague beaten in newsroom

In the aftermath of the severe beating of a young journalist, a police chief is on the run and journalists are rallying for protection of freedom of expression across Mexico.

Karla Janeth Silva Guerrero, a 24-year-old reporter for El Heraldo de Leon, sustained life-threatening head injuries after three men threatened and beat her at the paper’s office in Silao, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, on Mexico on Sept. 4. Read more »


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