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Ecuador moves away from media repression, but journalists continue to work cautiously: CPJ report

The repression and fear that the government of President Rafael Correa (2007 - 2017) imposed on the Ecuadorian media and journalists is apparently coming to an end after the arrival of Lenin Moreno last year, according to a recent report by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Abraji’s Tim Lopes Program investigates second case as part of campaign against impunity in Brazilian journalists' deaths

People who knew Brazilian Jairo Sousa are still in shock over the radio journalist’s death.

They say he was a combative personality and “denounced suspicious bidding, overbilling in purchases in [city's] departments. He was critical of the current city hall, some city councilors and even businessmen,” Angelina Nunes, coordinator of the Tim Lopes Program for the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji), told the Knight Center. Read more »


Police chief suspended after journalists are attacked while reporting in Mexico City

A photojournalist from newspaper Reforma, Alejandro Mendoza, and Azteca News reporter Isidro Corro said they were assaulted by agents of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) during the early morning hours of July 8 while covering a police operation in Colonia Doctores, in Mexico City, according to El Universal. Read more »


Venezuelan collaboration on pediatric health and Colombian reporting on plastic surgery win Roche Health Journalism Prize

Reports on pediatric healthcare in Venezuela and illegal plastic surgery in Colombia were awarded with the Roche Health Journalism Prize on July 5.

The prize, organized by Roche América Latina with the Technical Secretariat of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI), “seeks to recognize excellence and promote quality journalistic work in the coverage of health issues in Latin America.” Read more »


Inter-American Court condemns Brazil in 1975 murder of journalist killed during military dictatorship

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned Brazil for its negligence in investigating, prosecuting, and punishing those guilty of torture and murder of journalist Vladimir Herzog in 1975, in the context of the country's military dictatorship.


Mexican journalist denied entry to Venezuela ahead of journalism festival is first foreign journalist turned away this year


By Teresa Mioli and Valeria Lopez de Vergara

Mexican journalist Abraham Torres reported he was denied entry at Simon Bolivar International Airport while on his way to a journalism festival hosted by digital news site Efecto Cocuyo.

Torres, who is also a professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, denounced the government of President Nicolas Maduro not allowing him to enter the country. Read more »


IACHR adopts precautionary measures for journalist’s widow and other press workers being targeted in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted precautionary measures for the widow of a journalist killed in Nicaragua while covering protests and members of a radio station that was set on fire. Read more »


Media collaboration and citizen input fueled Verificado 2018's fact-checking of Mexican elections

Verificado 2018, a collaborative journalism project from news site Animal Político and AJ + Español that has dozens of media and civil society organizations as allies, served as a catalyst for truthful information throughout political campaigning season and on election day in Mexico. Read more »


Election day in Mexico keeps organizations busy monitoring attacks on journalists, including intimidation and theft

Mexico held historic elections on July 1 with a landslide victory from Andrés Manuel López Obrador. And in an electoral season of unprecedented violence against politicians and political candidates, the press was also a target. Read more »


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