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News media from Brazil and Peru give space to voices of essential, frontline workers and people in quarantine during pandemic

Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the daily routines of people around the world, some Latin American media are dedicating spaces for the voices of those who want to share their stories, particularly those from the front lines. Read more »


In Brazil, newspapers cut journalists' work hours and salaries during pandemic

The crisis of the traditional journalism business model has intensified with the coronavirus pandemic. In Brazil, newspapers are laying off workers, cutting wages and slashing journalists' work hours on the grounds that they are already feeling the effects of the economic crisis. Read more »


Latin American project Tierra de Resistentes brings together 50 journalists to document violence against environmental leaders

While all attention is focused on the current coronavirus crisis, a group of Latin American journalists is investigating another topic of great urgency in Latin America that has not dissipated with the current pandemic: violence against environmental leaders on the continent. Read more »


Cuban government imposes more limitations on independent journalism by censoring content on social networks during pandemic

Independent journalism in Cuba, for decades, has had to deal with a penal code that criminalizes them when they do not work for state media, among other regulations that restrict their freedom. Since the new coronavirus arrived on the island, independent journalism has had to face the increasingly common fines of Decree 370, which penalizes the opinions of Cubans posted on social networks and digital platforms. Read more »


Covering COVID-19 now and in the future: Knight Center, UNESCO and WHO launch free online course for journalists. Register now!

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world — and the news. To help arm journalists with knowledge and tools to cover the virus and the health, social and financial crises it is causing, the Knight Center is offering the free online course “Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future.” Read more »


Telecommuting not an option: Photojournalists are at the forefront of coverage of COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the routine of journalists worldwide. The rule is to work from home and many Latin America newsrooms have adapted to the situation. This goes for reporters, editors and designers. However, for a certain group of press professionals, this isn’t a possibility. Photojournalists need to be on the streets to document the crisis closely. Read more »


Salvadoran government reinforces limits on freedom of expression and the press during COVID-19 pandemic

Since the Salvadoran government imposed mandatory home quarantine on March 21 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, a number of executive restrictions have affected access to information and freedom of expression. Read more »


Centinela Covid-19 collaborative investigative project brings together 14 Latin American media outlets to cover pandemic

About a month ago, journalists from 14 Latin American media outlets began planning a collaborative project to investigate issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. This is how Centinela Covid-19 emerged, bringing together organizations from 12 Latin American countries plus Univision Notícias, from the United States. Read more »


Latin America sees decline in respect for press freedom; coronavirus pandemic exacerbates existing crises for media: RSF

Latin America has seen an overall decline in respect for press freedom, according to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its acronym in French).

“Harassment and stigmatization of the media, fed by online disinformation and attacks, have increased in scope, especially in countries with major social conflicts,” the organization wrote. Read more »


Collaborative fact-checking project in Latin America builds platform on coronavirus to help journalists

The current pandemic highlights the need for journalists to work together as the coronavirus, as well as disinformation surrounding it, crosses languages and borders. For this reason, an existing network of fact-checkers in Latin America decided to undertake a project to verify information, gather and update existing checks in Spanish about the coronavirus and produce an informational database of measures taken by governments in the region to combat the virus. Read more »


 


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