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Recent journalism graduate killed during protests in Caracas, Venezuela

The Venezuelan journalism community is rallying for justice for young social communicator Miguel Castillo who was killed during a recent protest in Caracas. Read more »


Knight Center’s e-book “Innovative Journalism in Latin America” now also available in English and Portuguese

“Innovative Journalism in Latin America,” the new free e-book from the Knight Center, is now available in English and Portuguese. Read more »


Brazilian site Fiquem Sabendo celebrates 2nd anniversary with more than 1,000 requests under the information access law

Fiquem Sabendo, an independent data journalism website founded by Brazilian journalist Léo Arcoverde, celebrates its two year anniversary in May with hundreds of reports and more than one thousand applications to the Law for Access to Information.

The site, which specializes in producing articles with data obtained through the LAI, celebrates its anniversary in the same month that marks five years since the law’s implementation. The LAI came into force on May 16, 2012, and Fiquem Sabendo came online on May 26, 2015. Read more »


UNESCO urges countries to rely on independent regulatory bodies to protect against media concentration

Considering the concentration of media ownership that has historically existed in Latin America – which threatens diversity and pluralism in that sector – UNESCO has recommended that States seek a balance between the rights of broadcasters and the audience. Read more »


New MOOC on freedom of expression breaks record and reaches 2,200 judges and justice operators in Latin America

The new edition of the Spanish-language online course, “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Public Information and Protection of Journalists,” starts on May 8 with 2,200 judges and justice operators from Latin America. The number of participants, including hundreds of judges, is a record, compared with the four previous editions of the course. Read more »


Mexican president pledges to work to fight impunity in cases of violence against journalists

Following the call of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to take stricter measures to end impunity in violence against journalists, the president of that country, Enrique Peña Nieto, promised to make the issue one of the priorities of what remains of his administration. Read more »


SIP Alert app uses real-time reporting and social networks to fight against attacks on journalists

SIP Alert, a mobile phone app currently in its pilot phase, is an initiative developed by newspaper El Universal and TV Azteca of Grupo Salinas in Mexico, to be used by journalists from the 1,300 media outlets across Latin America affiliated with the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). Read more »


Learn how to fight fake news: sign up for the first massive course in Portuguese for fact checking

Checking information has always been a key part of journalism. However, with social networks and the speed with which stories and public discourse – false and true – are spread, the role of the fact checker has become even more crucial to separating fact from fiction. Read more »


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