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Knight Center's new podcasting MOOC starts with students from 115 countries; registration still open

Introduction to Podcasting,” the newest MOOC from the Knight Center at the University of Texas at Austin, began on Monday, Nov. 14, with more than 2,200 students from 115 countries. Students will take the online course alongside participants from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania. Read more »


After adopting paywall, Brazilian newspapers gain record audiences and sell more and more digital subscriptions

Contrary to common assumptions, the implementation of paywalls – barriers that restricts non-paying users' access to websites – has contributed to growing the audiences of major Brazilian newspapers, which have also recorded a significant increase in the sale of digital subscriptions.

According to newspaper executives interviewed by the Knight Center, the adoption of this "paywall" has had an impact on the mentality and functioning of newsrooms, and has altered business models and the profiles of readers, with repercussions for editorial policies. Read more »


Ecuadoran authority and Special Rapporteurs clash over the country's controversial Communications Law

Ecuador’s Communication Law (LOC for its acronym in Spanish) was the subject of a recent conflict between the country’s government and special rapporteurs for freedom of expression of the United Nations (UN), David Kaye, and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), Edison Lanza. Read more »


Zeta magazine reports alleged smear campaign against journalists by authorities in Baja California, Mexico

Adela Navarro Bello, co-director of Mexican weekly Zeta, which is based in the state of Baja California, denounced an alleged plan by state authorities to carry out a smear campaign against her. Read more »


Attacks on journalists in Mexico are a symbol of a damaged democracy, says Carmen Aristegui

Carmen Aristegui, one of Mexico’s most well-known journalists, said her country “is experiencing a profound crisis in terms of human rights, including killings and disappearances of journalists and [other] people.” Read more »


Journalists reporting on Venezuelan crisis risk temporary and prolonged detentions

Covering protests, photographing food lines or taking video inside a hospital can be risky for journalists working in Venezuela today. Various reporters and photojournalists working in the country have been subjected to temporary and prolonged detentions in the process of carrying out their jobs in recent months. Read more »


Violence, impunity and distrust make Veracruz one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in Mexico

The Mexican state of Veracruz has proven to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for the press with 17 journalist homicides in the last six years. This year alone, three journalists have been killed in the state. Read more »


On the Day of the Dead, Mexicans join the international fight against impunity in murders of journalists

November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, first declared by the United Nations in 2013, coincides with the Day of the Dead, a cultural and religious event widely celebrated in Mexico. Read more »


Abraji's Ctrl+X project shows an increase in prior censorship during Brazilian municipal elections

The 2016 election season in Brazil put Ctrl+X, a platform created to monitor lawsuits that demand the removal of content from the internet, to the test. The site found that “electoral lawsuits,” one of the subsets of legal proceedings tracked by the site, increased 33 percent in recent municipal elections in 2016 when compared to the elections of 2012. In many of these cases, politicians and parties go through designated electoral courts to sue journalists and get information removed from the internet. Read more »


Only 11% of murders of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean have been resolved in the last decade: Unesco

Of all the reasons that provoke violence against journalists, the most important one is impunity, it is the lack of investigation into the acts of violence and assassinations of journalists,” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO assistant director-general for communication and information, in a video commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which takes place every Nov. 2. Read more »


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