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Registration open for free online course in Portuguese on data journalism techniques

Dealing with data has become an essential skill for journalists in the digital age, where the availability of information and the demand for precision and transparency are rising. Reviewing the main techniques and tools used in data journalism is the focus of the latest massive open online course (MOOC) of the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (Associação Nacional de Jornais, or ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with support from Google. Read more »


Reported harassment of Nicaraguan journalists highlights dangers of reporting during protests


By Mariana Muñ​oz and Teresa Mioli

 

A year after Nicaraguan journalists called on authorities for protection during anti-government protests, several were reportedly threatened during demonstrations in Managua last week. Read more »


Media coverage of lynching in Brazil stir debate about sensationalization of violence

The recent lynching of a 29-year-old black man by residents of São Luís on the northern coast of Brazil and the killing’s treatment in the country’s news outlets has ignited a debate on how media cover and sensationalize extreme violence. Read more »


Former Argentine police officer accused of killing journalist in Buenos Aires 38 years ago finally captured in Brazil

The Brazilian Federal Police and Interpol captured one of the people accused of the murder of journalist and writer Rodolfo Walsh, who was killed in March 1977 during the last dictatorship in Argentina, according to newspaper Zero Hora. Read more »


More journalists killed in Honduras; RSF calls it "the country of impunity"

Impunity in the murders of journalists has always been a problem in most Latin American countries.

The first steps, finding those responsible and determining motives, is especially challenging in Honduras, a country with the highest murder rate in the world where, according to Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF by its initials in French), “impunity is the rule.”

In the past two weeks, several journalists from the Central American country have been killed and there are no clear explanations as to who killed them or why. Read more »


Three Mexican journalists killed in one week

Three Mexican journalists in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Guanajuato have been killed in the span of a week.

“We are appalled by all these murders of journalists in Mexico…Three deaths in a week – when will the violence stop?” said Lucie Morillon, program director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Read more »


Sanctions against independent media continue as Supercom marks 2 years in Ecuador

A government agency in Ecuador that regulates media content, dictates headlines and corrections that news organizations are forced to publish and doles out fines to those who dare to disobey has just celebrated its second anniversary and announced changes in the country’s controversial communic Read more »


Colombian journalist accused of defamation claims editors were at fault

Colombian journalist Juan Esteban Mejia must respond before the law after being charged by the Attorney General with defamation (injuria) on June 16, La F.M. radio reported.  

However, Mejia insists that he is being charged because of an editing error and not his own mistake, FM radio added. Read more »


For the first time, Colombian Justice condemns the entire “criminal network” in a journalist murder case

Former Colombian legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the mastermind of the 2002 murder of La Patria deputy editor Orlando Sierra who was killed because of his work. Read more »


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