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UNESCO urges countries to rely on independent regulatory bodies to protect against media concentration

Considering the concentration of media ownership that has historically existed in Latin America – which threatens diversity and pluralism in that sector – UNESCO has recommended that States seek a balance between the rights of broadcasters and the audience. Read more »


New MOOC on freedom of expression breaks record and reaches 2,200 judges and justice operators in Latin America

The new edition of the Spanish-language online course, “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Public Information and Protection of Journalists,” starts on May 8 with 2,200 judges and justice operators from Latin America. The number of participants, including hundreds of judges, is a record, compared with the four previous editions of the course. Read more »


Mexican president pledges to work to fight impunity in cases of violence against journalists

Following the call of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to take stricter measures to end impunity in violence against journalists, the president of that country, Enrique Peña Nieto, promised to make the issue one of the priorities of what remains of his administration. Read more »


SIP Alert app uses real-time reporting and social networks to fight against attacks on journalists

SIP Alert, a mobile phone app currently in its pilot phase, is an initiative developed by newspaper El Universal and TV Azteca of Grupo Salinas in Mexico, to be used by journalists from the 1,300 media outlets across Latin America affiliated with the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). Read more »


Learn how to fight fake news: sign up for the first massive course in Portuguese for fact checking

Checking information has always been a key part of journalism. However, with social networks and the speed with which stories and public discourse – false and true – are spread, the role of the fact checker has become even more crucial to separating fact from fiction. Read more »


Commission warns of impunity in 91 percent of violent deaths of media workers in Honduras

From 2001 to the present, 69 media professionals in Honduras have died in violent circumstances, and people have been sentenced in only six of those cases. That is, 91 percent of the deaths remains in impunity, according to a report by the country’s National Commission of Human Rights (CONADEH for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


CPJ demands the Mexican government end a cycle of violence and impunity against the press

Mexico is one of the deadliest countries to practice journalism. This has been repeated in recent years by different organizations that defend freedom of the press both in the country and abroad. Read more »


Censorship increased in the Americas while 33 journalists and communicators lost their lives in 2016, according to IACHR report

The 33 journalists and media workers murdered in the Americas during 2016 represent an increase in censorship and corruption in the countries of the Americas, according to the annual report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Freedom of the press organizations warn of dark situation for journalism in Latin America

2016 was a critical year for the exercise of journalism in the world, according to the annual reports of three international organizations that promote freedom of expression and the press. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist detained for 16 days after covering protests against the government is freed

Venezuelan journalist Yonathan Guédez was released on April 26 after being detained for 16 days at one of the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). Read more »


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