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Press freedom levels in Americas lowest in five years, says new report

The organization Freedom House released its 2014 report on freedom of the press around the world, noting that in 2013 global press freedom was at its lowest level in more than a decade and the lowest in five years for the Americas. Read more »


NGO criticizes Twitter for "allowing censorship" of images, references to Ecuadorian president

Ecuadorian press freedom NGO Fundamedios sent a letter to Twitter criticizing the company for having complied to remove content depicting or referring to President Rafael Correa that the organization described as public information. Read more »


A list of campaigns in the Americas and around the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2014


On Saturday May 3, journalism organizations in Latin America and the world will commemorate World Press Freedom Day, one of the most important freedom of expression celebrations since it was established by the United Nations in 1993. Read more »


Photo auction on World Press Freedom Day to benefit family of slain Mexican journalist Gregorio Jiménez


The campaign FotoXGoyo will auction on May 3 -- World Press Freedom Day -- several images donated by Mexican and foreign photojournalists in benefit of the family of slain reporter Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, who was killed in the dangerous southeastern state of Veracruz in February this year. Read more »


RSF features 14 Latin American journalists in list of 100 Information Heroes

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) featured 14 journalists from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti and Peru in a list of 100 Information Heroes that the organization put together to highlight the work of journalists facing adverse circumstances around the globe and celebrate World Press Freedom Day, which takes place each year on May 3. Read more »


Drone coverage of tornado prompts U.S. government investigation

Not long after a massive tornado ravaged Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, Little Rock-based photojournalist Brian Emfinger used a flying drone to record a bird’s-eye view of the damage dealt by the cyclone. A day later, the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) confirmed they were investigating the use of drones by journalists during the disaster, which the website Mashable described as an attempt to regulate the new technology. Read more »


With approval of new internet law, Brazil steps forward on digital democracy debate

After almost three years of discussions and negotiations, a bill proposing a legal framework for internet operations in Brazil was approved by the two chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff on April 23 in São Paulo, during the opening of the Global Mul Read more »


Veracruz protesters condemn impunity two years after killing of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez


Mexican journalists in Veracruz and other groups marched on Monday, April 28, to commemorate reporter Regina Martínez, who was killed two years ago on the same day, according to Proceso magazine. Read more »


Thousands protest in Mexico against telecommunications bill

On Saturday April 26, around 7,000 people formed a human chain in front of Mexico’s Senate in protest of a new proposed communications bill that President Enrique Peña Nieto presented last Monday.​ Read more »


Sign up now for "Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age," the Knight Center’s newest MOOC

To help people interested in learning about the newest resources and techniques in the field of investigative journalism, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will offer the free Massive Open Online Course (or MOOC) “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age” with the support of the Knight Foundation.

The course will take place from May 12 to June 15, 2014. Click here to register. Read more »


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