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Former President of Panama could face charges of espionage on journalists

The future of the former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), will be determined on March 25, when the electoral criminal protection that he currently has will be officially removed. Once this happens, the justice system could demand that he returns to the country to respond to the different investigations involving him. One of these is related to alleged illeg Read more »


Freedom of expression under fire in Ecuador as NGOs present complaints to IACHR

In Ecuador, “even humor is a reason for persecution.” These words came from Ecuadorian cartoonist Xavier ‘Bonil’ Bonilla, during the 'Situation of Freedom of Expression in Ecuador' hearing, held on March 17 before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) during its 154 Period of Sessions Read more »


Dismissal of Carmen Aristegui stirs controversy in Mexico

The dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui from MVS radio group in Mexico on March 15 fueled the existing national controversy caused by the recent dismissal of two reporters who were part of her team. Many are labeling the firing of these communicators as an attack on freedom of expression. Read more »


Last seats available for a pre-ISOJ workshop on “media metrics, analytics and impact”

Journalists, media executives and scholars who will come to Austin for the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 17-18 can also participate, on April 16, in a workshop on how to measure the impact of digital media. Registration is open here. Read more »


Progress for freedom of the press in Colombia after conviction for illegal wiretapping of journalists and opposition members

The conviction that the Supreme Court of Colombia issued against the former director of the defunct Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), María del Pilar Hurtado, and former Secretary General of the Presidency in the administration of Álvaro Uribe, Bernardo Moreno Villegas, implies a breakthrough in the investigation of cases related to violations of freedom of the press in the country, according to some organizations. Read more »


Brazilian crowdfunding campaign "Ocupe a Pública" surpasses its goal and extends to 2016


Three days before the end of their crowdfunding campaign, Brazilian journalism nonprofit Pública, an investigative organization led by women, met its goal. The campaign “Ocupe A Pública”, launched on Jan. 21, aimed to collect $50,000 Brazilian reals  (around US $18,000) to fund 10 stories with themes chosen by reader-collaborators who will also be involved with their production. Read more »


Two murders in a month raise concerns about safety of journalists in Colombia

The assassination of two Colombian journalists in less than one month has again alarmed the country’s press, which has not forgotten the darker years when – due to drug trafficking and other criminal groups – the number of journalists killed because of their work was high. Read more »


In Mexico, PEN Awards go to writers and journalists who embody freedom of expression


In an environment where widespread violence against journalists persists, five distinguished writers stood up for freedom of expression and were recognized for excellence in journalism, literature and their work for human rights.  Read more »


Op-ed on homosexuality costs Colombian columnist his job


By: Carola Guerrero De León

Feb. 17 was a day like any other for Yohir Akerman, former columnist for El Colombiano, until he discovered – while flipping through the pages of the paper – that he had been fired. The reason: claiming that “god was wrong” to reject homosexuality in the Bible in one of his columns.  Read more »


Sign up for a new online course on interactive data visualization for the web using D3.js

Update: Registration for this course closed on March 6, 2015, after reaching maximum capacity. We are considering offering it again in the future. Read more »


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