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“Ocupe a Pública”: new crowdfunding from Pública Agency wants to bring the reader to the production of reports

“Remember that journalism is a matter too serious to leave only to journalists.” This phrase captures the spirit of the new crowdfunding project from Pública of Brazil. In its second endeavor into collective financing, the investigative journalism organization aims to collect 50,000 Brazilian reals to fund ten reports while allowing reader-collaborators to choose the list of topics and monitor the realization of the reports. Read more »


Knight Center new Spanish course: “Entrepreneurial Journalism: how to monetize and promote projects for the web”

Digital tools have made the creation of online journalism projects easier than ever. The problem, however, still remains on how to find and maintain an audience to keep the projects profitable or sustainable. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is launching the course in Spanish, “Entrepreneurial Journalism: how to monetize and promote projects for web” in order to help solve this problem through practical lessons. Sign up now! Read more »


2014 was the “worst year” for freedom of expression in Venezuela, says Espacio Público

With a total of 579 violations and 350 cases, 2014 was the “worst year” on record in terms “guarantees to the human right to freedom of expression” in Venezuela, according to non-governmental organization Espacio Público. The number of violations and cases, they said, are the highest they have been in the past 20 years.​ Read more »


Hundreds of Mexican judges, lawyers take online course on freedom of expression offered by UNESCO and Knight Center

Nearly 1,000 Mexican judges, lawyers and other operators of justice participated in an online course on issues of freedom of expression and journalist safety offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in association with UNESCO and in close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Mexico.  Read more »


Disappeared journalist found dead in Veracruz, Mexico

Update (Jan. 26, 2015): The body of journalist José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was found in the early hours of January 24, according to the Office of the Attorney General (PGJ) in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The journalist had disappeared on January 2, when armed and unidentified individuals pulled him from his house, located in Medellín de Bravo.

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Sale of Ecuador's El Comercio marks a turning point for country's media and raises concerns

After more than a century in the hands of the Mantilla family, one of Ecuador's oldest and most traditional newspapers – El Comercio – has been sold to Latin American media mogul Remigio Ángel González, a Mexican who launched his TV empire in Guatemala and is known for avoiding editorial conflict with governments. Read more »


Three Latin American countries among deadliest for journalists in 2014

Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico placed in the top 20 deadliest countries for journalists in 2014, according to a special year-end report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The database numbers provided by CPJ tally the deaths of journalists in which the motive for the killing was directly work-related.   Read more »


Advocacy groups in Mexico and Brazil map attacks on journalists to counteract threats

In Brazil and Mexico, ranked seventh and eleventh by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the countries with the highest levels of impunity in the murder of journalists, two advocacy groups are mapping these attacks in an effort to increase their security. Read more »


Brazilian journalist ordered to pay compensation to Sergipe state judge for fictional essay

After being sentenced to seven months in prison for writing a fictional essay, journalist Cristian Góes has been ordered to pay 30 thousand Brazilian Reals (US$11,300) in compensation for moral damages to judge Edson Ulisses, vice president of the Sergipe Justice Tribunal. The decision was announced in late November by judge Aldo de Albuquerque Mello of the 7th Circuit of Aracaju, according to the international organization Article 19. Read more »


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