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Topic “Costa Rica”

Nonprofit combines data and investigative journalism with community interaction to report on northwest Costa Rica

The Costa Rican newspaper La Voz de Guanacaste, founded in 2002 as La Voz de Nosara, began as a printed newsletter featuring local stories from the northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste. Today, it is the only non-profit Costa Rican newspaper with digital and print versions published in English and Spanish, and almost 42,000 followers on social networks. 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 »


La Nación of Costa Rica claims state-owned bank withdrew official advertising because of critical coverage

Government officials have called for an investigation into claims made by one of Latin America’s most serious newspapers that the state-owned Banco Nacional of Costa Rica (BNCR) used official advertising against it. Read more »


Brazilian, Colombian and Costa Rican journalists win global investigative journalism award

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 »


Costa Rican court rules phone tapping of journalist was unconstitutional


Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has ruled that intelligence officials broke the law when they tapped into a journalist’s telephone line, the Tico Times reported. Read more »


Costa Rican newspaper accuses authorities of spying on reporter

Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra has accused the country’s judicial authorities of spying on one of its reporters. Freedom of expression organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) described the case as similar to Associated Press’ experience last year with the United States government. Read more »


Social media users push back after Costa Rican president announces Facebook defamation lawsuit


Nearly two months after Costa Rica hosted the United Nations World Press Freedom Day, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced that she would sue anyone who “defames” her on social media. The president’s lawsuit against a hotel owner who posted remarks about her on his personal Facebook page outraged social media users, who say it calls the country’s reputation for freedom of expression into question.  Read more »


Daily News Digest: Why did UNESCO host World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Costa Rica?

  • Why did UNESCO host World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Costa Rica? A look at the state of press freedom for the host of World Press Freedom Day celebrations. [IFEX]

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