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Mexican journalists and activists denounce the government for alleged espionage via malware

*Ed. note: This post was updated to include a statement from the Mexican government and to clarify that both The New York Times and Citizen Lab released reports about the alleged espionage. It was also updated to include a note from Citizen Lab concerning the source of the messages.​ Read more »


Latin American laws on access to public information are among the best in the world: Unesco report

More than 100 countries in the world have a law in their national legislation that allows access to public information. Latin America is the region with developing countries that has advanced most in this respect, even surpassing certain aspects of the laws of European Union countries, according to the recent Unesco report, "Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America.” Read more »


Journalists and organizations from Mexico and the world unite to demand justice a month after the murder of Javier Valdez

The murder of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez on May 15 was the last straw for the reporters’ guild in that country, considered one of the most dangerous to practice journalism in the world. Read more »


Journalists from 11 countries join efforts for website covering the Lava Jato corruption scandal

A political scandal that transcends borders, such as Operation Car Wash –the network of corruption and money laundering that originated in Brazil and involves politicians and businessmen from several countries– requires cross-border, collaborative and persistent journalistic work. Read more »


Fake news, funding and innovations in the media will be highlights at Media Party in Buenos Aires

For five years, the Buenos Aires, Argentina branch of Hacks/Hackers has gathered thousands of journalists and tech experts in its fair city to discuss the future of news and innovation. This September, the conference known as Media Party will address one of the biggest threats to the news industry and greatest opportunities for innovation: fake news. Read more »


Mexican journalist kidnapped in Michoacán has been missing for almost a month

Mexican journalist Salvador Adame Pardo, 45, has been missing for almost a month after a group of gunmen abducted him on May 18 in the city of Nueva Italia, in the municipality of Múgica, in Michoacán state. Read more »


Knight Center journalist-in-residence Ismael Nafría reflects on year in Austin and announces newsletter on media innovation

In August 2016, Catalan journalist Ismael Nafría and his family traveled 5,330 miles from Barcelona to Austin, Texas to spend a year at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, as part of its Journalist-in-Residence program. Read more »


Mongabay Latin America celebrates one year with more than 500 reports published on environmental issues

Oil spills in the Amazon, indigenous peoples fighting for their native territories, protected areas threatened by oil drilling and illegal mining activity, the great impact of livestock farming on the forests of protected areas and natural disasters were the most popular issues for readers of digital site Mongabay-Latinomérica in its first year. Read more »


New data journalism project in Panama aims to promote culture of transparency in the country

Daily obstacles motivated Panamanian journalists Ana Graciela Méndez and Alfonso Grimaldo to create El Tabulario – a project, launched at the end of May, which collects, analyzes and disseminates public data with the aim of promoting transparency in the country. Read more »


Community radio stations in Latin America discriminated against by law and its advocates face criminal convictions

While Latin American community radios have received greater recognition in their countries since the mid-2000s, they remain limited and discriminated against in practice and by law. Read more »


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