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VIDEO: Guatemala's Plaza Pública news site part of international trend of in-depth, independent online journalism

The online news site Plaza Pública (Public Square), created in early 2011 to bring a "more independent, less superficial" journalism to Guatemala, is aimed at exploring the relations between power and economy, and power and organized crime -- uncomfortable themes for the powers that be, said Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, the site's founder director, during an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


VIDEO: Mexican journalist describes fleeing to U.S. to save his life


Miguel Ángel López Solana, son of the Mexican columnist brutally killed in the state of Veracruz along with his family in June 2011, described to participants of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas the ordeals he faced to flee Mexico because of fear that his life was in jeopa Read more »


Largest ever Austin Forum ends with suggestions for practical measures for protecting journalists, fighting impunity

Beyond recognizing the serious crisis of safety and security for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean, the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas, served as a platform to launch ideas about how to solve the problem of insecurity. Read more »


Working groups suggest strategies for improving journalists' security, fighting impunity at 10th Austin Forum

During the last day of the 10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, held May 20-22, the participants gathered into four groups to discuss different and important topics about this year's theme: "Security and Protection for Journalists, Blogger, and Citizen Journalists." Read more »


Storify: Panel participants suggest prevention and protection strategies for journalists

The last panel of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas discussed ways of helping journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists in hostile environments. The panel, moderated by Ricardo Uceda, resulted in several suggestions from the experts in the subject. This Storify compiles the tweets from the audience during the panel "Prevention and Protection Strategies." Read more »


Examining the effectiveness of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala

On the second day of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts spoke on the role of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala. Read more »


Storify: Experts examine governments' protection mechanisms for journalists

On Tuesday, May 22, during the second panel of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, journalists presented on countries' mechanisms to protect journalists. Read more »


Stress, trauma silence journalists, says Bruce Shapiro of Dart Center on second day of 10th Austin Forum


The emotional consequences of chronic stress impact freedom of expression, said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma during the opening session of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. “Exhaustion and emotional crisis are as effective forms of censorship for silencing a journalist as jail sentences or a bullet," Shapiro said. Read more »


Regional press at risk in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil, the most dangerous countries for journalists in the Americas


“I need a gun,” is what a journalist requested as a safety measure to work in Veracruz, one of the most dangerous places for the Mexican press. After the request, Daniela Pastrana, of the Mexican organizationJournalists on Foot (Periodistas a Pie) responded to that journalist that a fire arm was not the solution, but her colleague from Veracruz insisted: “I don't want the gun to defend myself, but to make sure they don't catch me alive." The reporter's response came after five Mexican journalists were found dead with signs of torture in the last 30 days. Read more »



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