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Brazilian deputy secretary of Embu das Artes accused by police in attack on journalist

The Brazilian Civil Police have accused Renato Oliveira, deputy secretary of Embu das Artes prefecture, in the São Paulo metropolitan region, of being the author of an attack against journalist Gabriel Barbosa da Silva, which occurred on Dec. 28, 2017. Read more »


Meredith Artley, Ben Smith & Marty Baron to serve as keynotes at this year’s ISOJ

At the 19th annual ISOJ we’ll hear from keynote speakers who are leading some of the country’s top news organizations. Read more »


ISOJ keynote panel to discuss & debate the question: Are newspapers in a post-advertising era?

This year’s ISOJ will kick off on Friday, April 13, with a keynote panel that will explore the question: Are we entering a post-advertising era in media? Read more »


IACHR urges the Venezuelan government to guarantee free exercise of journalism and publicly condemn violence against the press

Severe restrictions on freedom of expression that include censorship and closure of media outlets, assaults and attacks against journalists and criminalization of opinion contrary to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, were documented by an annual report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The report specifically analyzed the situation of human rights in Venezuela during 2017. Read more »


Advisory Council implemented in order to guarantee efficiency of Mexico City’s protection mechanism for journalists

Before strong criticism of its inefficiency, and the escalating number of attacks and murders of journalists and human rights defenders that Mexico has experienced in the last almost two decades, the Advisory Council for the Mechanism for the Integral Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico City was finally implemented. The council will seek to make this system in the country’s capital more efficient. Read more »


Folha de S. Paulo stops publishing on Facebook and editor says other newspapers may follow suit

Folha de S. Paulo, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Brazil, surprised the news industry on Feb. 8 by announcing it would stop publishing content on Facebook as its directors believe that recent changes in the social network’s algorithm diminish the visibility of professional journalism and favor the spread of false content. The newspaper’s executive editor, Sérgio Dávila, says there are reports of similar moves in other newsrooms. Read more »


Brazilian police arrest councilman and three other suspects in murder of radio journalist in Goiás

The Brazilian Civil Police arrested four people on Feb. 9 in the town of Edealina, in the state of Goiás, who are suspected in the murder of radio broadcaster Jefferson Pureza. Those arrested include councilmember José Eduardo Alves da Silva, of the Party of the Republic (PR) who is accused by police of ordering the crime that occurred on Jan. 17, 2018. Read more »


Press freedom advocates and journalists sign manifesto in solidarity with Venezuelan journalists who left the country

After four journalists from investigative journalism site Armando.info left Venezuela due to a looming defamation lawsuit, an important group of journalists and organizations that defend freedom of expression and the press throughout Latin America have signed a statement warning about the serious deterioration of the conditions facing the Venezuelan pressRead more »


Born on Twitter, Runrun.es becomes one of the most important and innovative news sites in Venezuela

Each day in Caracas, reporters from different independent digital media sites in Venezuela visit the city’s morgues to collect data about the day’s victims. Name and surname, circumstances of death and other information about the deceased are recorded in a journalistic database and trends or important stories make their way onto the sites as more in-depth stories. Read more »


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