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Guatemalan congressman arrested, accused of being mastermind behind murder of two journalists in 2015

After being investigated by authorities for several months, and recently stripped of his parliamentary immunity, a Guatemalan congressman aligned with the ruling party was arrested for allegedly being the intellectual author of the 2015 murders of Danilo Zapón López, journalist of Prensa Libre, and Federico Salazar, journalist at Read more »


Peruvian Congress assesses bill that would prohibit private media from receiving state advertising

The Permanent Commission of the Peruvian Congress is evaluating a new bill that attempts to restrict state advertising only to national media and social networks. Private media would no longer receive state advertising. Read more »


Colombian Inspector General will intervene in case before Supreme Court to protect journalists’ sources

Following widespread concern from journalists and press advocates after the Colombian Supreme Court ruled a media company must reveal communication with its sources, the country’s Inspector General said it would intervene in the case. Read more »


Mexican journalist killed in Nuevo Laredo just published a column on violence in country ahead of elections

A Mexican freelance journalist was killed in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the country’s border with the U.S., on the afternoon of Jan. 13. Read more »


UN Human Rights Office condemns attacks by police against journalists in Acapulco, Mexico

The Mexican Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and various press advocates have called on the Mexican government to investigate reported attacks on journalists that took place Jan. 7 in Concepción, Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. Read more »


Data scientists in Brazil working on the country’s first robot-journalist to report on congressional bills

Bills making their way through Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies will be closely followed by a new kind of beat reporter: a news-producing robot, the first of its kind in the country. Read more »


Bolivian journalists declare an ‘emergency’ regarding parts of new Penal Code that criminalize defamation

The National Association of Bolivian Journalists (ANPB, for its initials in Spanish) and the Association of Journalists of La Paz (APLP) have declared an “emergency” in rejection of articles of the country’s new Penal Code the entities say could be used against profes Read more »


How Argentine innovators created Chequeado and made it a global leader in fact-checking

It was a sunny day in May when members of the Chequeado team carefully laid out a large board game in Plaza Moreno in La Plata, Argentina. The whole scene had an air of whimsy: dice that require two hands to hold, icons that stood 4 feet tall and circus performers that called passersby to try their hand at the fact-checking site’s version of “La Oca,” or the Game of the Goose. Read more »


Conversational bot will help counter false news during Brazil’s elections

Brazilian voters will have a robot helper to fight disinformation in this year's general elections. Her name is Fátima, a conversational bot that is being developed by the team at fact-checking site Aos Fatos in partnership with Facebook. Fátima’s launch is scheduled for June, in time for the October elections.​ Read more »


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