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Brazilian journalist is the target of more than 60 lawsuits after publishing a report on alleged fraud in education

A series of reports on alleged fraud in evaluations of public education in Sobral and other cities in Ceará, in the northeastern region of Brazil, has so far led to 63 lawsuits against journalist Wellington Macedo. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist is accused in anti-terrorism court in his country after crossing border with Colombia

Venezuelan journalist Mario Peláez was released on March 3, four days after the National Guard detained him at the Colombia-Venezuela border and then handed him over to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin, for its initials in Spanish), according to the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) of Venezuela. Read more »


Exiled in Costa Rica, Carlos Chamorro talks about how journalists are adapting to conditions of insecurity in Nicaragua

This story was edited and changed for clarity.

The press in Nicaragua has faced attacks and obstacles such as the concentration of media and the lack of access to information since Daniel Ortega came to power. But after the protests of April 2018, when the police violently suppressed protests against the Ortega regime, the situation of freedom of expression worsened to levels that Nicaraguan journalists did not imagine. Read more »


Independent digital media are helping to regain the trust of the Venezuelan people, says journalist Laura Weffer

Latin music stars raised their voices to send a message of peace and reconciliation at the Venezuela Aid Live concert, held on Feb. 23 in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia, one day before the planned date to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuelan territory. Read more »


Brazilian journalists create task force to obtain documents previously kept confidential by public agencies

This article was updated to include the repeal of sections of the decree amending the Law of Access to Information.
 
Between June 2017 and May 2018, more than 73,000 documents were kept under secrecy by the Brazilian government, but there is little transparency regarding the reasons for doing so, according to the site Fiquem Sabendo. 

Journalists working in Venezuela suffer detentions, attacks and blocking of internet sites as crisis worsens

As the sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela deepens and President Nicolás Maduro fights to remain in power, journalists in the country are targeted by assaults, detentions, thefts of their work material and blocking of their internet sites and television channels. Read more »


Mexico Supreme Court decides in favor of freedom of expression and gives new victory to journalist Carmen Aristegui

This post was updated to clarify the authors of the book "La Casa Blanca de Peña Nieto, la historia que cimbró a un gobierno." Also, the Casa Blanca investigation took place over months, not years. The post also clarifies the ownership of the Casa Blanca. Read more »


Journalists in Brazil and Colombia find an ally in podcasts to take a deeper look at the profession


By Carolina de Assis and Silvia Higuera

A chance encounter in 2012 led Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Alves to create a project that, six years later, would become one of his passions. That year, Alves went to London to cover the Olympic Games and met Dorrit Harazim, a journalist with 53 years in the profession and who in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University. Read more »


Brazilian journalist is ordered to pay damages to Supreme Court minister over passages in book

Brazil's Superior Court of Justice (STJ) has ordered the journalist Rubens Valente to pay compensation for moral damages to Federal Supreme Court (STF) Minister Gilmar Mendes for references to him in the book “Operação Banqueiro,” published in 2014. Read more »


Learn to see the other in the age of selfie: Sign up for free online course on documentary photography

An ever-increasing number of people have powerful tools in their pockets or purses that can document the world around them. However, much of the time, the lenses of our phones or cameras are focused on ourselves. The latest course from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will show how to get out of selfie mode to tell other people’s stories through documentary photography. Read more »


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