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United States' annual report criticizes lack of freedom of expression in Ecuador and Venezuela

The United States State Department published on Thursday their annual report on human rights, where it strongly criticized the restrictions on press freedoms and freedom of expression in Venezuela and Ecuador. In the midst of a political crisis in Venezuela, the report highlighted that the Venezuelan government “continued taking actions to impede on freedom of expression and restrict press freedoms.”​ Read more »


Program for Knight Center’s 15th annual ISOJ conference on online journalism now available

The program for the 15th International Symposium for Online Journalism (ISOJ), to take place on April 4 and 5 at the University of Texas at Austin, is now available. Click here to see the full program. Read more »


Twitter confirms that images of unrest in Venezuela are being blocked in the country

Nicolás Maduro’s government continues to repress the news media in Venezuela. Read more »


20 years after the wars, journalists view archives as a way to make sense of Central American conflicts


A panel of journalists gathered Feb. 21 at the 2014 Lozano Long Conference at the University of Texas at Austin to reflect on their coverage of the Central American revolutions from the 1970’s to 1990’s. The roundtable discussion featured the raw accounts of the journalists and highlighted the importance of a new effort by the university's LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections to develop the largest collection of archives dedicated to the wars that took place in Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Read more »


Police arrest, attack Brazilian reporters during protest in São Paulo against World Cup

The Military Police detained and attacked fourteen journalists that were reporting on a protest that took place on Saturday Feb. 22 in the center of São Paulo against the World Cup, which will take place this summer, according to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). At least five of the arrested journalists’ rights were violated even though they identified themselves as members of the press. Read more »


Protests in Mexico demand security for journalists and freedom of expression


Journalists from numerous news media took to the streets in more than 20 Mexican cities on Sunday, Feb. 23, protesting the dangerous conditions faced by the press in the country and especially in the state of Veracruz, news magazine Proceso reported. The main protest took place around the Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City, where portraits of the 88 journalists who have been killed since 2000 were distributed among protesters. Read more »


Venezuelan president blames U.S. media for misrepresenting the country, plotting overthrow of government


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused foreign media and the U.S. government of misrepresenting the country and of participating in a collective plot to overthrow the Venezuelan government, Bloomberg reported. Read more »


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