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Journalists from Mexico, Nicaragua, U.S. and Venezuela bring home Cabot Prizes from Columbia University

In honoring work that has “contributed to Inter-American understanding,” the 2019 Maria Moors Cabot Prizes recognized journalists from Mexico, Nicaragua, the United States and Venezuela. Read more »


Journalists from Brazil and Nicaragua receive 2019 International Press Freedom Awards from CPJ

Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello and Nicaraguan journalists Lucía Pineda Ubau and Miguel Mora will receive the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards given by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) every year. Read more »


Salvadoran journalist held in ICE detention for more than a year is released as he seeks asylum in U.S.

Salvadoran journalist Manuel Durán was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention on July 11 more than one year after his arrest while covering an immigration protest. Read more »


Independent Cuban media criticize government decree establishing sanctions on sites hosted outside of the country

A new decree by the Cuban government regarding internet on the island has raised criticism from independent media and citizens on social networks who point to the risks that the rules could be used to undermine freedom of expression and access to information in the country . Read more »


Court orders case reopened for Salvadoran journalist detained in U.S. for more than one year

A Salvadoran journalist who has been detained for 15 months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), now has the possibility to request asylum and bond, according to a press release from his lawyers. Read more »


New Knight Center course in Portuguese will explore how to interview data for investigative reports; Register today

Brazil has become a force for data journalism in Latin America and around the world. The country hosts conferences dedicated to the topic, its media outlets are recognized by international awards and its journalists have created successful sites dedicated solely to the reporting approach.

Despite all this, there’s still progress to be made and databases to be explored. Read more »


Nicaraguan journalist who was jailed by the Ortega government receives IWMF Courage in Journalism Award

Costa Rican-Nicaraguan journalist Lucía Pineda is one of five women journalists to be honored with the 2019 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Read more »


Journalist Braulio Jatar is freed from house arrest, but prohibited from leaving Venezuela

Chilean-Venezulean journalist Braulio Jatar Alonso, who has been under house arrest since May 2017 after spending nine months in prison, was freed on July 4, according to CNN en Español.


Colombian freedom of expression organization bets on the development of local journalism in 'news deserts'

When the Foundation for Press Freedom of Colombia completed its three-year project “Cartographies of Information,” the panorama of the country was not encouraging: 60 percent of the municipalities analyzed were considered information deserts, meaning there was no media outlet producing local information.

There could be cases in which there were media outlets, such as radio stations or television channels, but these were either national or were exclusively entertainment. Read more »


Solutions journalism spreads in Latin America as reporters focus on how citizens are solving the region’s problems

*This story has been updated to clarify a quote from Esquivel regarding the exploration of solutions journalism in Costa Rican newsrooms.

From northwestern Costa Rica, a small bilingual newspaper is using solutions journalism to tell stories of how residents are solving their communities’ problems. Read more »


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