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TV reporter is killed in Honduras, as the country becomes increasingly dangerous for journalists

When a TV journalist was shot to death recently in Tegucigalpa, the police were quick to say the motive had nothing to do with his reporting work. Some publications say he was the 37th a journalist murdered in Honduras since 2003, while others say he was the 45th reporter killed during that same period. Read more »

Nicaraguan journalists demand government action to stop attacks against the press

A group of 60 journalists in Nicaragua’s capital city gathered in the offices of the national police to demand investigations into recent attacks on the press, which they allege are going unaddressed. Read more »

In Mexico, impunity prevails for attacks on the journalists, says Article 19

A new report by Freedom of Expression advocacy organization Article 19-Mexico attributed a continuing trend of attacks against journalists to the Mexican government’s routine failure to prosecute attackers.

It said that attacks on the Mexican press this year were characterized by chronic repetition and government inaction. Read more »

UNESCO reports advances and setbacks on Freedom of Expression in Latin America and Caribbean

Advances on the digital revolution, attacks on journalists, and state-media conflict have marked journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to UNESCO's 2014 report “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development”.  The document highlights state harassment of journalists, challenges refor Read more »

Bolivian court demands journalists disclose sources or face 30 years in jail

Charges of espionage that could result in a 30-year jail sentence were brought against two journalists of the Bolivian newspaper La Razón for publishing alleged state secrets leaked to a reporter by an anonymous source.

Reporter Ricardo Aguilar and editor Claudia Benavente face charges for Aguilar’s reporting on details of the participation of a Bolivian delegation in the proceedings of the International Court of Justice regarding a dispute with Chile. Read more »

Another media company critical of the Venezuelan government is sold: Spanish investors buy El Universal

Private news enterprises have weathered a long history of crippling attacks from the Venezuelan government. Some media owners are now giving up and selling their properties.

Opposition newspaper El Universal becomes Venezuela’s third media giant sold to investors under the presidency of Nicolás Maduro, and represents another blow to private media in its long battle to survive under Venezuela’s Bolivarian government. Read more »

Under pressure by the government, Ecuadorian newspaper shuts down its print edition

After 32 years of print publication, the Ecuadorian daily newspaper Hoy announced that it will stop printing, buckling under government policy which many allege intends to cripple independent press. Hoy, known as an opposition publication, will continue with digital publication. Read more »

Another Paraguayan journalist killed near Brazilian border

A Paraguayan radio host was shot and killed in his home on June 19, just over one month after another radio reporter was killed on the same region, near the border with Brazil. Édgar Fernández Fleitas was a known critic of the local justice system and could have been killed in retribution for criticisms he made of local officials, according to newspaper ABC Color. Read more »

Sign up now for free online course on Mobile Journalism; it is the 11th MOOC offered by the Knight Center

Mobile devices are everywhere. They have become a global phenomenon in all facets of life – including journalism. News organizations in today’s digital media landscape can no longer think Digital First – but Mobile First.

To help people interested in learning about the latest in the mobile media landscape and how journalism can be done via the mobile the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will offer the free Massive Open Online Course (or MOOC) “Introduction to Mobile Journalism.”

The course will take place from June 30 to August 3, 2014. Click here to register. Read more »

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