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Executive director of Cuban press freedom organization goes missing amid threats against independent journalists

Raúl Velázquez, Cuban executive director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and of the Press (ICLEP, for its initials in Spanish), has been missing for six days. Read more »


Guatemalan journalist and radio worker found dead with signs of torture

The bodies of a journalist and a publicist were found on Feb. 1 in a cane plantation in Santo Domingo Suchitepéquez, southwest of the Guatemalan capital, according to the public prosecutor. Read more »


Journalists from six Latin American countries recognized with King of Spain International Journalism Awards


By Evelyn Moreno

Journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba and Venezuela, as well as Spain and Portugal, were recipients of the 2018 King of Spain International Journalism Awards. Read more »


Colombian man sentenced to 58 years in jail for 2015 murder of radio director and wife

A Colombian judge sentenced Yean Arlex Buenaventura to 58 years and 3 months in jail for the 2015 murder of journalist Luis Peralta Cuellar and his wife, Sofía Quintero. According to the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), which represented the victims in court, this is the highest sentence ever handed down in the country for a crime against freedom of expression. Read more »


Students from Portuguese MOOC 'Introduction to Programming' create their own programs and receive grants for workshop at Google

Scripts that compile data on political candidates' assets, send e-mails alerting you about schedules for women's soccer games or minimize the risks of password theft and other sensitive information. Robots that Tweet the votes of senators on legislative proposals or that follow bills on women's rights in the House. These were some of the final projects developed by journalists who started programming after the Portuguese MOOC Read more »


Volt Data Lab grew from a personal blog for coding experiments to a full-fledged data storytelling agency


It’s been a tumultuous few years of Brazilian news. A year after the World Cup frenzy and the presidential election that ended in an impeachment a few months later, newsrooms turned inward: Which would be the next to downsize? As company after company laid off employees, some journalists in São Paulo began to wonder just how many reporters and editors had become unemployed in the shrinking of the news industry in Brazil in the past couple of years. Read more »


Journalism scholars from around the globe will convene in Austin in April 2018

What is the mindset of journalists in today’s digital newsrooms? How do they approach their work in this complicated era? These questions will be discussed at this year’s ISOJ in April by a group of leading global journalism scholars. Read more »


SembraMedia launches online school to help entrepreneurial journalists in Latin America and Spain

Latin American entrepreneurial journalists now have a new resource to help them run their digital media sites, focusing on education around everything from building a business model to creating better eating habits. Read more »


Vice President of Colombian Supreme Court criticizes ruling that requires a newspaper to reveal its news sources

A member of the Colombian Supreme Court expressed his disagreement with the ruling of his court’s Civil Chamber that upholds a decision forcing media company Publicaciones Semana to reveal the sources behind one of its publications’ articles.


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