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Journalists are jailed in Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela for their work, according to annual report from CPJ

Three journalists in Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela are among the 250 journalists jailed worldwide for their work, according to an annual special report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Founder and director of Guatemalan news site Nómada is accused of sexually harassing at least five journalists

Guatemalan journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and director of the site Nómada, is being accused of sexually harassing at least five women, according to an investigation by journalist Catalina Ruiz-Navarro. Read more »


Defensores de la Democracia seeks to be a living archive of the work of journalists killed in Mexico

The story of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, the Mexican journalist who arrived in the United States more than 10 years ago to request asylum but who could face deportation, was for Alejandra Ibarra the starting point of her project Defensores de la Democracia (Democracy Defenders), a digital archive that seeks to preserve the work of journalists kille Read more »


Peruvian investigative site Ojo Público develops algorithm to track possible acts of corruption

An algorithm against corruption developed by the Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público identified that 40 percent of public contracts in Peru, between 2015 and 2018, have a risk of corruption. Read more »


High concentration of media ownership threatens media plurality in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, says RSF

On Dec. 3, Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its acronym in French) launched the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) website for Latin America, bringing together studies on media ownership in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Read more »


Rio de Janeiro mayor threatens journalists and announces newspaper boycott after report on alleged bribe payments

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, severed city hall’s relations with newspaper O Globo, the largest in the city and edited by Grupo Globo, the largest communication group in the country. As a practical effect, on Dec. Read more »


Bolsonaro government excludes Folha de S. Paulo from bidding and president recommends Brazilians "not buy the newspaper"

Brazil’s Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic, Fábio Wajngarten, accused Folha de S. Paulo of “defending a conspiracy for the exit” of President Jair Bolsonaro, and of “preaching disrespect, lies and frustrated attempts to demoralize him” in an article published in the newspaper Dec. 2. Read more »


Television journalist shot upon leaving station in coastal northern Honduras

José Arita, a journalist for Channel 12 in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, was killed just after leaving the station where he works.

The murder, which took place on the night of Nov. 25, involved four men who were waiting for the journalist and began to shoot at him, as the Associated Press reported, citing security spokesman Jair Meza Barahona.

Meza Barahona added that the murder could be related to Arita’s work, the news agency said. Read more »


An independent digital media outlet in Uruguay achieved financial sustainability in just one year, but growing is a risk

Achieving financial sustainability is quite a feat for a new digital journalistic media outlet, especially if it comes from a small country. That is why the case of the Uruguayan site Amenaza Roboto is remarkable. Within a year, the multimedia platform that covers science and technology produced in Latin America for a Spanish-speaking audience has paid all its bills. Read more »


Digital media from Venezuela launch collaborative journalism platform to join resources, investigate and circumvent censorship

To face the many challenges that currently exist in Venezuela, many journalistic media have found themselves in need of forming alliances to continue reporting and investigating. Read more »


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