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“My guards are almost family": threatened journalist who has been living under 24-hour protection for 20 years

Journalist Cándido Figueredo lives with his wife, and seven guards armed with machine guns, in what he likes to call “my prison.” With a mixture of irony and regret, Figueredo describes his house, which also serves as a branch of Paraguay’s largest newspaper ABC Color. For more than 20 years, Figueredo has lived with a 24-hour security escort, the only way to continue working as journalist in the dangerous city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on Paraguay’s border with Brazil. Read more »


Journalists can spend up to a year at American universities and be paid for it. Apply now for 2017 fellowships.

Every journalist has a research project they continually put on the backburner or a topic they simply do not have the time or resources to pursue. Fellowships provide excellent opportunities to devote time and attention to those endeavors.

Below are application deadlines for well-known fellowships based at U.S. universities that are open to journalists from around the world.

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships Read more »


Journalists covering evictions from favela in Rio de Janeiro are attacked and detained

The detentions of at least two community journalists and attacks on at least two other reporters covering evictions from a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have generated criticisms against the Military Police in this city who are accused of violating freedom of expression. Read more »


“Journalism is not incompatible with activism”: Jineth Bedoya, recipient of the Award for Courageous International Reporting

Jineth Bedoya Lima is likely one of the most award-winning Colombian journalists. Both her 20-year journalistic career and her activism to end violence against women, to which she has dedicated herself in recent years, have been recognized by national and international organizations. Read more »


Digitization could help Latin American public media out of current crisis (third and final article of series)


In this third and final installment of the series on public media in Latin America, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas interviewed various experts and researchers in the field about the challenges for survival and sustainability faced by the public media in the digital age, and their abilities to produce digital content to increasingly fragmented audiences. Read more »


Non-traditional media from Latin America and Spain win big at Gabriel García Márquez Festival

Digital sites from Latin America and Spain were recognized as the winners of the four main prizes handed out by the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award on Sept. 29 during the festival of the same name in Medellín, Colombia.

The GGM Award aims “to recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence, innovation and ethical coherence by journalists and media outlets working in Spanish and Portuguese,” according to the prize website. Read more »


Colombian judge issues arrest warrant for leaders of the ELN guerrilla group for kidnapping of journalists

A Colombian judge ordered the arrest of the Central Command (Coce) of the guerrilla group known as the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) for the kidnappings of six journalists and a driver this past May, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Read more »


Brazilian journalist survives after being shot while distributing newspapers in São Paulo state

Brazilian journalist Evaldo de Oliveira, 49, was shot while distributing local newspapers on the evening of Sept. 26 in Franco da Rocha, a city in São Paulo state. Read more »


Cuba allows more space for criticism in journalism, but restrictions slow press freedom progress, says CPJ report

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a special report surveying the changing media landscape in Cuba and the obstacles still standing in the way of press freedom.

The organization published the report, “Connecting Cuba: More space for criticism but restrictions slow press freedom progress,” in Spanish and English on Sept. 28. Read more »


Ojo Público and RSF join forces to monitor media concentration in Peru

With the goal of producing an investigative report and a public information database, Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público and international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French) have launched a project to monitor ownership of the most important media outlets in the Andean country. Read more »


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