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In investigating the past, journalists rewrite collective memory of human rights violations in Latin America

Everyone wants to be masters of memory and omission, wrote French historian Jacques Le Goff in the early 1980s, about the disputes between different social groups for the collective memory of a society. In studying the relationship between communication and history, Brazilian communicator Marialva Barbosa took up the idea of Le Goff to affirm that journalists are also "masters of memory," since on a daily basis they select and determine what should be remembered and what can be forgotten. Read more »


Inspiration, innovation and independence: Latin American organizations discuss collaborative journalism at festival in Brazil

At the beginning of the year, eight independent Brazilian journalism organizations started to think about how to stimulate a collaborative culture among independent journalism newsrooms in Brazil and Latin America. The result of this collective was Festival 3i, held in Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 11 to 12. Read more »


Latin American journalists play pivotal role in Paradise Papers transnational investigation

This story has been updated with a quote from Borja Echevarria from Univision.

As with the Panama Papers, Latin American journalists played pivotal roles in the management, reporting and editing of the global investigation known as the Paradise Papers, a reporting project led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that analyzes a trove of 13.4 million documents revealing details about the offshore activities of individuals and entities around the world. Read more »


Man suspected of drug trafficking sues Peruvian journalists and media outlets for defamation and asks for $210 million

Note: This story has been updated to include responses received from Óscar Castilla late the night of Nov. 8. Read more »


Reports from El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil and Panama win at the Latin American Awards for Investigative Journalism

Journalists from El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil and Panama were winners at the 15th edition of the Latin American Awards for Investigative Journalism. The Press and Society Institute (IPYS for its acronym in Spanish) and nonprofit Transparency International revealed the winners on Nov. 5 during the 2017 Latin American Conference for Investigative Journalism (COLPIN). Read more »


Venezuelan journalist who went missing after publishing report on irregularities in prison is found alive

Update (Nov. 7): Journalist Jesús Medina was found alive the night of Nov. 6 on a highway between Caracas and La Guaira. The journalist was semi naked and had suffered severe blows to his face and body, El Nacional reported.  Read more »


‘Gabo’ will have a Center to promote his legacy through the lessons of journalism

When Colombian literature Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died in April 2014, in addition to the sadness that followed, a need arose in the Colombian community to ensure his legacy would continue from generation to generation. Read more »


Study from RSF/Intervozes shows high concentration, low transparency and political and religious interference in Brazilian media

Brazil is in "red alert" due to the high concentration of audience, of property and geographical location, lack of transparency and economic, political and religious interference in the country's media. Read more »


Media professionals and freedom of expression advocates launch initiatives to fight impunity in crimes against journalists

Almost four years after the UN General Assembly declared Nov. 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), the date has become a time for media professionals and freedom of expression groups in Latin America and the rest of the world to call attention to levels of violence and impunity affecting their colleagues. Read more »


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