More than physical violence: Experts warn that Mexican journalists also face trauma, mental health problems
By Perla Arellano*
For Mexican journalists, covering la nota roja – or the crime beat – goes beyond being exposed to physical dangers. By living and working in high-risk areas, their constant and systematic contact with violence puts their mental health on the line.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas spoke with three experts about the potential traumatic effects and mental health issues for journalists who cover violence in Mexico. Read more »
The Gilberto Velho Media and Drugs reporting prize, which has acknowledged five Brazilian journalists in its third edition, aims to encourage and improve the quality of the public debate on drug policies and legislation in the South American country. The 2016 winners of the prize were announced on Dec. 2. Read more »
Braulio Jatar completes 3 months in prison in Venezuela as international campaign for his release advances
Ana Julia Jatar shared a photo of her brother Braulio 82 days after he was first imprisoned in Venezuela. His face is gaunt, his once full head of silver hair is shaven and he wears a sad expression on his face. Read more »
High level of media concentration threatens freedom of information in Peru, says report from Ojo Público and RSF
In Peru, there is a high level of media concentration that threatens freedom of information in the country, according to a report prepared by Peruvian digital investigative journalism site Ojo Público, in conjunction with the German chapter of the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French). Read more »
Reports on executions, violence and trafficking take home the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award
The 14th Latin American Investigative Journalism Award honored works that uncovered extrajudicial executions in Mexico, violent conflicts over land and timber in Brazil and the trafficking of cultural heritage throughout the region. Read more »
By Molly Smith*
These days, headlines around the world often seem absurd, and Latin American writers have capitalized on the outlandish nature of their countries’ political and economic situations to create content for the region’s growing list of satirical publications. Read more »
Update (Dec. 2, 2016): A judge has revoked authorization to access the telephone records of journalist Andreza Matais.
A Såo Paulo court recently ruled that investigators could access Matais’ telephone records. The decision was related to a series of reports written by the journalist in Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in 2012. Matais now works at O Estado de S. Paulo.
Judge Rubens Pedreiro Lopes of the São Paulo Police Investigations Department made the decision to revoke that authorization on Dec. 2. Read more »
In the presence of UNESCO assistant director-general for communication and information, Frank La Rue, representatives from the three branches of government in Paraguay signed on Nov. 28 a Letter of Intent to Establish a Security Mechanism for Journalists in Paraguay. Read more »
International organization Chicas Podererosas (Powerful Girls) recently launched its Venezuelan chapter with a workshop on analysis and programming, as well as a “hackathon” of public data.
Venezuelan journalists Yelitza Linares, Carmen Riera and Nathalie Alvaray of the consulting firm Sinergia, Design and Innovation (SDI for its acronym in Spanish) are the representatives, or "ambassadors", of Chicas Poderosas in Venezuela. Read more »
Brazilian journalists mourn the deaths of 20 colleagues who died in plane crash on way to cover soccer match
At least twenty journalists were killed in a plane crash late in the night of Nov. 28 near Medellín, Colombia. The group was accompanying a delegation from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The team, from the city of Chapecó in southern Brazil, was traveling to play its first match of the final of the South American Cup. Read more »