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‘Censorship was something intrinsic to Chavismo from day one,’ says book about the last 20 years of repression in Venezuela

Control of public speech was, from the beginning, a characteristic of the new model of government that was established in Venezuela with Hugo Chávez in 1999, said Venezuelan researcher and columnist Andrés Cañizález. Read more »


Nicaragua among countries globally that have had most damage to freedom of expression in recent years, according to Article 19

Amid the global decline in freedom of expression, Nicaragua is one of the countries that has sustained the greatest damage to freedom of expression, while Cuba “leads in regional race to the bottom” in the Americas.

These are some of the findings from organization Article 19 in its Global Expression Report 2018/19. Read more »


Velocidad announces ten Latin American journalism start-ups that will receive combined $1.5 million in investment

The announcement of the ten Latin American journalism start-ups selected to receive $1.5 million in direct investment from the Velocidad program generated enthusiasm among the winners. In addition to the resources, the outlets will receive 1,600 consulting hours to generate new revenue streams, engage audiences and ultimately develop a more sustainable media business. Read more »


Third edition of Atlas da Notícia shows expansion of news deserts in Brazil

A total of 37.4 million Brazilians (equivalent to 17.9 percent of the population) live in the so-called news deserts, meaning, municipalities where there is not even one journalistic outlet. To these are added 27.5 million (13.2 percent of Brazilians) who live in “quasi deserts,” with up to two journalistic outlets. Read more »


Journalists are jailed in Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela for their work, according to annual report from CPJ

Three journalists in Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela are among the 250 journalists jailed worldwide for their work, according to an annual special report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Founder and director of Guatemalan news site Nómada is accused of sexually harassing at least five journalists

Guatemalan journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and director of the site Nómada, is being accused of sexually harassing at least five women, according to an investigation by journalist Catalina Ruiz-Navarro. Read more »


Defensores de la Democracia seeks to be a living archive of the work of journalists killed in Mexico

The story of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, the Mexican journalist who arrived in the United States more than 10 years ago to request asylum but who could face deportation, was for Alejandra Ibarra the starting point of her project Defensores de la Democracia (Democracy Defenders), a digital archive that seeks to preserve the work of journalists kille Read more »


Peruvian investigative site Ojo Público develops algorithm to track possible acts of corruption

An algorithm against corruption developed by the Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público identified that 40 percent of public contracts in Peru, between 2015 and 2018, have a risk of corruption. Read more »


High concentration of media ownership threatens media plurality in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, says RSF

On Dec. 3, Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its acronym in French) launched the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) website for Latin America, bringing together studies on media ownership in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Read more »


Rio de Janeiro mayor threatens journalists and announces newspaper boycott after report on alleged bribe payments

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, severed city hall’s relations with newspaper O Globo, the largest in the city and edited by Grupo Globo, the largest communication group in the country. As a practical effect, on Dec. Read more »


 


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