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Why is press freedom important? Latin American journalists, experts weigh in on World Press Freedom Day

Journalists and freedom of expression advocates around the globe celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

The celebration, started by the UN General Assembly in 1993, is marked with conferences, campaigns and reports on the state of freedom of expression.

To mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas asked journalists and press freedom experts in Latin America a simple question: why is press freedom important? Read more »


Associated Press journalists recognized by Overseas Press Club for reporting on disappeared in Mexico

Three Associated Press journalists were honored by the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) this year for the “best reporting in any medium on Latin America.”

The U.S.-based foreign correspondence association recognized journalists Eduardo Castillo, Christopher Sherman and Dario Lopez-Mills with The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award for their project “Thousands of Mexican Families Mourn the ‘Other Disappeared.’” Read more »


Authorities arrest man suspected of murdering Mexican journalist and media company owner Moisés Dagdug

On April 30 in Mexico City, Federal Police arrested a man suspected of murdering Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, Mexican media businessman and former federal congressman. Dagdug was stabbed to death at his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco on Feb. 20, according to news site Animal Político. Read more »


Authorities arrest man suspected of murdering Mexican journalist and media company owner Moisés Dagdug

On April 30, 2016 in Mexico City, Federal Police arrested a man suspected of murdering Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, Mexican media businessman and former federal congressman. Dagdug was stabbed to death at his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco on Feb. 20, according to news site Animal Político. Read more »


Congress members present bill for protection of journalists and press workers in Paraguay

“On Freedom of Expression and Protection of Journalists and Press Workers” was the bill presented on April 27 in Paraguay, a day after the country celebrated the Day of the Journalist, according to newspaper La Nación. The bill was announced at a press conference given by congresswoman and head of the Commission of Human Rights, Olga Ferreira de López and legislator Pastor Vera Bejarano, the newspaper added. Read more »


Latin American journalists investigating the Panama Papers suffer criticism and retaliation

While journalists in Ecuador who were part of the global journalistic investigation known as the Panama Papers are facing a “campaign of harassment” led by the country’s President Rafael Correa and his followers, in Peru and Panama, the most adverse reactions have come f Read more »


Digital journalism startups shared their experiences at the Ibero-American Colloquium

New digital native media outlets are proliferating throughout Latin America. They have been created by journalists who have become entrepreneurs, driven by necessity—oppression from governments, crisis in traditional media, different types of censorship—or because they felt a drive to innovate online. Read more »


Traditional media and digital native sites come together for the Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism

For the ninth consecutive year, journalists from Latin America, Spain and the United States gathered after the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) to discuss trends, challenges and success stories in digital journalism in the region as part of the 9th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism. Read more »


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