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Mexico, Colombia and Brazil lead in impunity in the killings of journalists

Impunity in the murder of journalists is not new in Latin America. In the last decade, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported 72 instances of journalists killed for their work. About 78 percent of these cases faced complete or partial impunity. But in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, levels of impunity have surpassed those of any other Latin American country, according to CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index. Read more »


Ecuadorian government tightens its grip on the press as private media fears for survival

An upcoming vote that could alter the laws governing mass media in Ecuador has stoked fears in the Andean nation that the end of a free press in near. Read more »


Venezuelan journalists denounce media censorship at OAS hearing

In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), a group of Venezuelan journalists, union members, and local NGOs have firmly denounced ongoing censorship of the press in Venezuela. Read more »


Authorities raid Argentine news office and confiscate material


By Lucia Benavides

Argentine police have raided radio station and news website La Brújula 24 and confiscated journalistic materials. According to reports from the city of Bahía Blanca, in the Buenos Aires province, local police arrived at the news office with a court order signed by Federal Judge Santiago Ulipano Martinez. Read more »


Apply to new ICFJ journalism fellowship: Digital Path to Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Latin America

The International Center for Journalists (IFCJ) has announced a new fellowship for professional and citizen journalists, media managers, and digital entrepreneurs from​ the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Read more »


Independent news agency gives visibility to Amazon populations and issues

When the North American missionary Dorothy Mae Stang was killed in 2005, the Amazon region, its people and its conflicts, briefly dominated the front pages of newspapers across the country. Before the crime, the project Dorothy had been developing since the 1970s to defend the forest and communities of Anapu in the southwestern region of the Pará state, had never made it into mainstream media. Read more »


Murder of citizen journalist in Mexico sends shock waves through citizen news networks

The recent murder of María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, a physician and citizen journalist known on Twitter for her reports of cartel activity in northern Mexico, has sent shock waves through the state of Tamaulipas and shaken journalists working in citizen news networks across the region. Read more »


Mexican news site SinEmbargo asks government to investigate series of attacks

The Mexican news site SinEmbargo has demanded that authorities investigate a series of attacks, threats, and defamatory acts that have targeted the publication regularly since Oct. 8, shortly after the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero. Read more »


IAPA denounces the deterioration of freedom of expression and lack of access to public information in the region

The 70th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), an organization that brings together media owners and editors of the Americas, condemned the “direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists” that have occurred in the last six months. Read more »


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