Photographers from around the world donated their work to support the family of photojournalist and colleague Rubén Espinosa who was killed almost three months ago in Mexico City.
FotorreporterosMX, a collective among which Espinosa had colleagues, organized the auction that took place on Oct. 17 at Mexico City’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance. It raised over 200,000 Mexican pesos (about USD $12,000) for Espinosa’s family. Read more »
By Sara Martinez
Newspapers from Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela are pulling in the highest numbers of Twitter followers for major dailies in Latin America.
For a few years, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has created an informal ranking of Twitter followers for a select group of newspapers in Latin America. Not every newspaper is included. Read more »
Journalists and press advocates have created another project to study concentration of media ownership in Colombia. They found low transparency, high ownership concentration and links between media owners and the political world, among other insights.
Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a project between the German branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper for its acronym in Spanish), was formally launched this week. Read more »
Associated Press journalist Mark Stevenson’s reporting from Mexico showcases the country’s natural beauty, rich history and modern struggles for readers around the world. His ability as an investigator has led to concrete results for residents of his adopted country where misdeeds often go unpunished. Read more »
Interview with correspondent Simon Romero: 15 years of covering Latin America for The New York Times
Simon Romero started at The New York Times in 1999 as a stringer in Brazil. More than 15 years later, he has covered almost every country in Latin America and this week his work will be honored by the Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on the Americas.
He writes at length on topics as varied as the Brazilian tax code, the U.S.-led War on Drugs in Latin America, animal reserves in the Bolivian jungle, diplomatic relations between South American and Middle Eastern countries and the hunting of the llama-like guanaco in Chile. Read more »
Hundreds of judges and other jurists from Latin American and Caribbean countries have already signed up for a six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish on the “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists.” Read more »
Trinidad and Tobago’s new communications minister told a group of Caribbean journalists that too much government money was being used to finance state-owned media companies in his country.
“We don’t need so many media and right now we cannot afford it,” Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said, as reported by the Antigua Observer. Read more »
Unsolved murders, violent government repression, oppressive anti-media laws and the ever-increasing ties between big money and big government were among the issues of debate at the 71st General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).
In the conclusions from their assembly, the IAPA listed attacks against journalists, government pressure, legal obstacles and an increase in state media ownership as causes for the deterioration of press freedoms in Latin America. Read more »
The transnational investigative journalism series "Império das Cinzas" (“Empire of Ashes”), about illegal cigarette trafficking in South America, was announced winner of the Global Shining Light Award on Oct. 10. Read more »
Colombia dropped off the Committee to Protect Journalist’s (CPJ) 2015 Global Impunity Index that was released Oct. 8, leaving Mexico and Brazil as the sole Latin American countries in the list of the top 14 countries where murderers of journalists “go free.” Read more »