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Mexico, Colombia and Brazil among countries with highest rates of impunity for journalist murders

Mexico, Colombia and Brazil are among the top 14 countries in the world where the murderers of journalists are not punished in court.

The three countries were the only in Latin America to make the 2018 Global Impunity Index created by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Each year, the organization ranks all countries where journalists have been murdered with complete impunity. Read more »


Registration open for third edition of Coda.Br, Brazilian conference on data journalism

The Brazilian Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods – Coda.Br, a pioneering event in Brazil focused on data journalism, will celebrate its third year on Nov. 10 and 11 in São Paulo and has opened registration on its website. Read more »


‘I must implore you for my life’: Mexican journalist who fled to U.S. 10 years ago requests asylum again

Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto again requested asylum for himself and his son in an El Paso immigration court, 10 years after they turned themselves into a checkpoint at the U.S.-Mexico border and more than a year after their claim was denied. Read more »


Mexican engineer and radio host killed in Acapulco while returning from assignment in news van

An engineer and radio host in Acapulco, Guerrero was killed on the evening of Oct. 24 after armed people shot at the news van he was driving while returning from an assignment. Read more »


19 journalists from Ecuador and Colombia publish special report on the three murdered Ecuadorian journalists from El Comercio

*This story has been updated to correct information about OCCRP's role in the report.

For more than four months, 19 Ecuadorian and Colombian journalists from different media, along with national and international organizations, followed the tracks of three press colleagues abducted and murdered on the border between the two countries earlier this year. Read more »


Brazilian verification initiatives call for electoral court’s collaboration to fight disinformation during elections

Seven Brazilian verification initiatives presented a letter with suggestions of concrete measures that the Superior Electoral Court (TSE, for its initials in Portuguese) can take to help them fight general disinformation related to the country's elections, whose second round happens on Oct. 28. Read more »


How to cover artificial intelligence and understand its impact on journalism: MOOC in Portuguese, in partnership with Microsoft

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning. These are some terms that are in high demand in many professional fields, but which are not yet familiar to many in news media. The next massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center, conducted in partnership with Microsoft, will familiarize students with the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it affects the news industry. Read more »


Almost 9 million Colombians live in zones of silence, according to new report from FLIP

When the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its initials in Spanish) began in 2015, the team at the country's Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) wanted to measure the armed conflict's impact on local journalism.

Among its findings published in the report “Cartografías de la información” (Information cartographies), is that 8.8 million Colombians live in zones of silence, meaning they do not have access to local information. Read more »


Fellowship applications are open! Spend time at a U.S. university exploring your own reporting project or research idea

Fellowships are a great opportunity to pursue that research idea or special project you’ve been mulling over the past few years, or to update your training on the latest tools or reporting techniques.

Programs at U.S. universities will give you the weeks, months or year away from the newsroom to dedicate to career development. Read more »


IAPA approves declaration on freedom of expression principles in the digital age during General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) and its board of directors approved the Declaration of Salta on the principles of freedom of expression in the digital era on Oct. 22 in Argentina. The declaration aims to guarantee that human rights are respected in the digital space. Read more »


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