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Organization renews demand for access to information law in Venezuela despite polarized political climate

Access to public information in Venezuela is a guarantee established in the country’s Constitution. However, in reality, if a journalist or citizen wants to know the salary of a public official or the amount of money spent during an electoral campaign, for example, the response in many cases will range from “we don’t know” to “we cannot respond.” Read more »


Director of Honduran newspaper El Libertador and wife survive shooting in Tegucigalpa

Honduran journalists Johnny Lagos and Lurbin Yadira Cerrato of El Libertador newspaper were shot on Aug. 24 in the capital of Tegucigalpa.

Lagos, the newspaper's director, and his wife were attacked after leaving the offices of El Libertador in the neighborhood of Palermo, in the eastern region of the Honduran capital, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Read more »


Venezuela blocks 2 Colombian television networks in new action against international media organizations

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel for its acronym in Spanish) has kicked two Colombian networks off the air.

Caracol Televisión was removed at midnight on Aug. 23. RCN Televisión was initially taken off of most cable operators, but finally removed from DirecTV at 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 24, according to Noticias RCN. NTN24, which is part of RCN Televisión, was kicked off the air in Venezuela in 2014. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist freed after 7 weeks in military prison must appear before authorities every 30 days

Update (Aug. 25): Journalist and activist Carlos Julio Rojas was freed from a Venezuelan military prison on Aug. 24 after spending more than seven weeks in detention. At an Aug. 23 press conference, human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations called for international organizations to be allowed to monitor the conditions of political prisoners and specifically mentioned Rojas' case. Read more »


Mexican journalist killed in Veracruz while under government protection

This story was updated to provide more information about the murder as well as the protection mechanism protecting Ríos.

Mexican journalist Cándido Ríos Vázquez was killed in southern Veracruz on Aug. 22, 2017 despite being under the federal government program to protect journalists. Read more »


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Chilean journalist who spent eight years in prison testifies as torture victim of Paraguayan dictatorship

Chilean journalist and photographer Rafael Mella Latorre recently testified before the Paraguayan justice system as a victim in the criminal trial for torture carried out by the government during the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1980-1989), EFE reported. Read more »


Latin American journalists from ten countries take home IAPA awards for Excellence in Journalism

Journalists from ten Latin American countries are among the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).

The awards, meant to “encourage excellence in journalism and defense of freedom of expression throughout the Americas,” were announced Aug. 18. Read more »


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