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Sale of Ecuador's El Comercio marks a turning point for country's media and raises concerns

After more than a century in the hands of the Mantilla family, one of Ecuador's oldest and most traditional newspapers – El Comercio – has been sold to Latin American media mogul Remigio Ángel González, a Mexican who launched his TV empire in Guatemala and is known for avoiding editorial conflict with governments. Read more »


Three Latin American countries among deadliest for journalists in 2014

Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico placed in the top 20 deadliest countries for journalists in 2014, according to a special year-end report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The database numbers provided by CPJ tally the deaths of journalists in which the motive for the killing was directly work-related.   Read more »


Advocacy groups in Mexico and Brazil map attacks on journalists to counteract threats

In Brazil and Mexico, ranked seventh and eleventh by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the countries with the highest levels of impunity in the murder of journalists, two advocacy groups are mapping these attacks in an effort to increase their security. Read more »


Brazilian journalist ordered to pay compensation to Sergipe state judge for fictional essay

After being sentenced to seven months in prison for writing a fictional essay, journalist Cristian Góes has been ordered to pay 30 thousand Brazilian Reals (US$11,300) in compensation for moral damages to judge Edson Ulisses, vice president of the Sergipe Justice Tribunal. The decision was announced in late November by judge Aldo de Albuquerque Mello of the 7th Circuit of Aracaju, according to the international organization Article 19. Read more »


Mapping the criminalization of defamation in Latin America: Laws that affect Freedom of Expression


A country-by-country map outlining punishments for defamation across the Americas. Information compiled from OAS, IFEX, UNESCO, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Freedom House, together with local media. Click on each country for more information. Read more »


Honduras defies Inter-American Commission and prohibits journalist to work for 16 months

Honduras has defied the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and decided to uphold an order to ban journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado from work for 16 months.

The decision, which Reporters Without Borders has called a “slap in the face to freedom of information in Honduras,” was announced in the middle of a visit by the Commission and special rapporteur on freedom of expression to Honduras. Read more »


New website Sin Etiquetas promotes homophobia-free journalism in Latin America

The newly launched Sin Etiquetas, or “No Labels,” is a website dedicated to promoting homophobia-free journalism across Latin America.

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Press advocates call for thorough investigation into killing of young Peruvian journalist


By Christina Noriega and Hector Perez

Despite the comments of a senior Peruvian police official who said the killing of 22-year-old Lima reporter Fernando Raymondi was not motivated by his coverage of organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption, local journalists and international press freedom advocates continue to call for a thorough investigation of the shooting. Read more »


Mexico, Colombia and Brazil lead in impunity in the killings of journalists

Impunity in the murder of journalists is not new in Latin America. In the last decade, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported 72 instances of journalists killed for their work. About 78 percent of these cases faced complete or partial impunity. But in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, levels of impunity have surpassed those of any other Latin American country, according to CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index. Read more »


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