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Mexican journalists denounce violence against communicators in series of profiles on murdered and missing colleagues

In Mexico, killing a journalist is like "killing nobody.” This is demonstrated by the high levels of violence against journalists and impunity in these cases. It is from this premise that Reporteras en Guardia (Reporters on Guard) was born. The group is comprised of 140 journalists – all women – in 24 of the 32 Mexican states (including Mexico City), dedicated to remembering each of the 176 colleagues murdered or disappeared in the country from the year 2000 until October 2018. Read more »


Requesting public data anonymously is now easier in Brazil thanks to new civil society and government mechanisms

For Brazilian journalists, the ability to keep their identity secret when requesting public data through the Law of Access to Information (LAI) has become easier recently. Read more »


Peruvian state TV and radio launch third news program hosted in an indigenous language

With little more than 80,000 inhabitants in Peru and part of Brazil, the Asháninka are the most numerous ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon. The National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP, for its initials in Spanish) recently launched "Ashi Añane", an informative program in the Asháninka language, to give the culture a national platform. Read more »


New online media outlets are big winners at LATAM Digital Media Awards from WAN-IFRA

Media from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Puerto Rico took home prizes as part of the LATAM Digital Media Awards presented by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Read more »


Applications open for new online course about freedom of expression for Ibero-American judicial operators

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas of the University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce that applications are open for the course "International Legal Framework of freedom of expression, access to public information and protection of journalists."Read more »


Salvadoran journalist receives two week stay of deportation from U.S., but lawyers say it is "only a temporary reprieve"

Updated (Nov. 15, 2018): Manuel Durán Ortega, a Salvadoran journalist from Memphis, Tennessee, received a two week stay of deportation while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considers his emergency motion for a stay, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported.

The SPLC, which represents Durán along with organization Latino Memphis, stressed it was "only a temporary reprieve." Read more »


Bolsonaro, president-elect of Brazil, follows Trump’s playbook and worries press freedom organizations

A presidential candidate, soon-to-be president-elect, launches repeated attacks on press outlets critical of his proposals and his actions, accusing everything he does not like of being false. In contrast, he chooses outlets that will support him and who are willing to ask less troublesome questions as his spokespeople. And he uses Twitter, Facebook and other social networks to communicate directly with his supporters, encouraging them to privilege the "friendly" press and not to believe in "enemy" media. Read more »


Impunity in crimes against communicators in Brazil mainly reaches cities of country's interior, says Article 19

The impunity of homicides against journalists in Brazil has been increasingly frequent in the interior of the country, according to a recent report from Article 19, "The cycle of silence: impunity in murders of communicators." Read more »


In its third year, Coda.Br conference democratizes discussion on data journalism in Brazil

Members of the growing data journalism community in Brazil gathered from Nov. 10 to 11 for the third edition of the Brazilian Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods, Coda.Br, in São Paulo.

The event featured more than 40 hours of training workshops – there were opportunities for experienced users in programming and data visualization to deepen their knowledge and also to introduce beginners to simple spreadsheet techniques and database cleaning. Read more »


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