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Journalists attacked during anti-government protests in Venezuela

The protests and the crises that followed the decision of the Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) to suspend the powers of the National Assembly on Wednesday, March 29, have once again left the press in its most vulnerable position: security forces have assaulted reporters covering the protests, according to reports. Read more »


Prosecutor's office identifies two suspects in the assassination of journalist Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua

The identification of two of three suspects in the assassination of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea have been confirmed, said César Augusto Peniche, district attorney general of the state of Chihuahua, according to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. Read more »


ISOJ 2017: Panel will discuss how fact checking moved from the sidelines of journalism to front and center

Following the 2016 presidential election, fact-checking journalism came out on top. While fact checking is common during every election, the race between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton resulted in a wider adoption. The Washington Post launched a tweet fact-checking extension and PolitiFact saw the highest number of page views in its history. Read more »


Two journalists survive shootings in Mexico within 24 hours; three others killed this month


By Paola Nalvarte and Teresa Mioli

 

In the early morning hours of March 28, journalist Julio Omar Gómez's house was set on fire in Baja California Sur and the bodyguard charged with protecting his life was shot and killed. About 24 hours later and across the country, Armando Arrieta Granados was shot while arriving home in Veracruz. Both journalists escaped, but one is in the hospital in serious condition. Read more »


After protests, judge reverses ruling to access Brazilian blogger’s communications records

*This post was updated to clarify that the decision was to access communications records, not intercept communications. The translation of Guimarães' Tweet was also edited to better reflect the pronoun used. Read more »


King of Spain International Journalism Awards recognize professionals from six Latin American countries

Journalists and writers from Brazil, Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay were honored on March 27 with the King of Spain International Journalism Awards.


IAPA rejects Peruvian bill that aims to control management positions in media outlets

Update (April 5): The controversial Peruvian bill that seeks to regulate who can hold management positions in media outlets was withdrawn. However, the authors of the project, the congress members of the party Fuerza Popular, Úrsula Letona and Alejandra Aramayo, proposed a new version, La República reported.

The new document eliminates just two points from the previous version, according to La República. Read more »


Mexican reporters create lab that offers scholarships to promote investigative journalism in their country

The “barrage” of censorship and pressure to which Mexican journalists have been exposed in recent years reminds reporter Alexandra Xanic of the 1990s. The dependence of the media on official advertising, reductions in newsrooms and the search by media outlets to “fill spaces,” mean that investigative journalism is increasingly forgotten, and the little that is done fails to have the impact it should. Read more »


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