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Civil judge rules in favor of Venezuelan official in defamation case and imposes fine on newspaper El Nacional

El Nacional, one of the leading independent newspapers in Venezuela that continues to cover the entire country in its print and digital formats, will have to pay a fine of reparation of one billion bolivars (around US $12,000) for "moral damage," according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Inter-American Court condemns Colombia for 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court) found the Colombian State responsible for the 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal, and for a failure to guarantee the victim’s right to freedom of expression. Read more »


Mexican authorities carry out arrest warrant for second person in journalist Javier Valdez's murder case

The Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression (Feadle) of Mexico, with the help of Federal Police, carried out an arrest warrant against Juan Francisco “N,” known as “Quillo,” “for his probable participation in the murder of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, on May 15, 2017,” according to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR, for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


UNESCO report highlights Knight Center online courses among its initiatives to train judges in Latin America


Five years after its implementation, UNESCO's project to train judges, prosecutors and other judicial operators in Latin America on freedom of expression and access to information has become the most ambitious judicial training program in the region and has led to concrete results in the courts. This is the conclusion of a special report for UNESCO produced by American journalist Bill Orme. Read more »


Newspaper crisis arrives at the doorstep of Diario de Pernambuco, the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America

The crisis affecting news organizations around the world has reached the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America. Founded in 1825, Brazil’s Diario de Pernambuco newspaper faces a financial crisis that has cut a third of its newsroom and keeps its employees on edge in the face of delays in the payment of salaries and suspense over the daily’s future. Read more »


Names of slain Mexican and Colombian journalists added to memorial of Washington, D.C. museum for press freedom


The names of two journalists from Mexico and another from Colombia will be added to the Journalists Memorial at the Washington, D.C.-based Newseum. Read more »


Emergency deportation suspended for Salvadoran journalist detained by ICE two months ago in the U.S.

The Board of Immigration Appeals accepted the emergency suspension of the imminent deportation of Salvadoran journalist Manuel Durán, who since April 5 has been held in Louisiana detention centers belonging to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), reported Memphis Noticias. Read more »


Nicaraguan journalists are robbed, physically assaulted, threatened during second month of protests against Ortega

While reporters don helmets to cover violent protests in Nicaragua, human rights and press organizations are calling on the international community to pay attention to attacks on journalists and news media amidst protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Read more »


Latin America has strong showing for 2018 Data Journalism Awards

*This story was updated.

The Latin American winners of the 2018 Data Journalism Awards tapped into the power of big data to report on a missing Argentine submarine, homicides in Caracas and victims of violence in Brazil. Read more »


Mexican journalist who reported on crime and security is beaten to death in Tamaulipas

Mexican journalist Héctor González Antonio was found dead on May 29 in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, according to local authorities. Read more »


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