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Venezuela’s largest independent newspaper, El Nacional, will stop circulating two days of the week to optimize its resources

With the purpose of "optimizing resources and managing inventory more efficiently," the newspaper El Nacional of Venezuela will stop circulating "temporarily" on Mondays and Saturdays starting on Aug. 20, the publication reported Aug. 19 in a short message entitled “Cinco días por la libertad” (Five days for freedom). Read more »


Four Venezuelan journalists facing defamation suits are now banned from leaving the country

A court order is preventing four Venezuelan journalists from Armando.info, three of them founders of the site, from leaving the country. The 11th Trial Court of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas issued the measure at the request of the Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Morán, reported site Runrun.es. Read more »


How can journalists respond to growing harassment online? Recent publications advise practitioners and organizations

For at least six years, Brazilian journalist Gabriela Moreira has lived with sporadic waves of hate on the internet. A reporter with ESPN, she is dedicated to covering Brazilian soccer and has a blog where she publishes articles on the day-to-day activities of the clubs and their athletes, as well as investigations on corruption in the sport. Read more »


Cláudio Weber Abramo, transparency advocate and data journalism pioneer, dies in Brazil

Brazilian journalist Claudio Weber Abramo, aged 72, died on Aug. 12 in São Paulo. A mathematician by training and a Master in philosophy, Abramo has been celebrated by his colleagues and friends as a pioneer of data journalism in Brazil and for his unshakeable defense of transparency and access to public information. Read more »


Colombia remembers journalist Jaime Garzón by demanding justice 19 years after his murder

*This article was updated to include information about a second sentence in the crime.

News of the murder of journalist Jaime Garzón Forero on Aug. 13, 1999, shocked Colombia. At dawn that day, assassins ended Garzón’s life with five shots as he was driving in his car to the station Radionet where he worked. Read more »


National Human Rights Commission in Mexico launches campaign to educate public on violence against journalists

"With violence, there is no freedom of expression." This is the name of the campaign launched by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission (CNDH, for its initials in Spanish) with the purpose of raising awareness about the risks faced by journalists, the importance that their work fulfills in society, the need for them to be protected, and the high rates of impunity in cases of violence against them. Read more »


Authorities investigate motives behind murders of two journalists killed in southwestern Colombia

The regions of Cauca and Valle del Cauca recently saw the loss of two journalists in less than 24 hours early this month. Although neither had previously reported any threats, their deaths occur at a time of increasing violence against the press. Read more »


Colombian government commits to press freedom in face of rising threats against journalists

Update (8/10/18): The Attorney General of Colombia announced on Aug. 8 that three material authors of threats against María Jimena Duzán, Luis Carlos Vélez and Katherine Leal would be charged.

It added that it is working on 188 investigations corresponding to 277 threats against journalists made between July 2016 and July 2018. Read more »


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