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VIDEO: The complicated panorama of freedom of expression in Ecuador

Ecuador is one of countries in Latin America with the worst problems in practicing freedom of expression due to President Rafael Correa's repeated attacks on the private and independent press in the country. Read more »


VIDEO: Federal protection law for Mexican press is just first step toward a solution, says human rights journalist

The passage of recent legislation in Mexico that allows crimes against journalists to be investigated at the federal, instead of local, level is just a first step toward improving the dire situation currently facing the Mexican press, Daniela Pastrana of the organization Periodistas de a Pie told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


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 »


Plaza Pública: In-depth, nonprofit news site in Guatemala tackles taboo themes (Interview)

Plaza Pública is an online, independent, non-profit newspaper that began at the start of this year in Guatemala. In an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and director of the site, described the newspaper as a platform in which citizens can discuss and debate and hold others accountable. Plaza Pública has dedicated itself to investigating and covering topics that the traditional Guatemalan press has considered taboo, such as the agrarian situation, corruption among governments and businesses, and drug trafficking. As Guatemala's presidential elections, Nov. 6, approach, Rodríguez spoke about the trajectory of Plaza Pública, the impact the site generated when it published the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, and the challenges of pursuing in-depth, investigative journalism in Guatemala. Read more »


Plaza Pública offers Guatemala in-depth news free from political and economic pressures (VIDEO)

In an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, editor Julie Lopez of Plaza Pública in Guatemala speaks about how the online, non-profit news site, aimed at providing an alternative perspective "not subject to political and economic pressures," got started, launching on Feb. 22, 2011. See below the video of her interview (in Spanish). Read more »


How far should you go to cover a story? Interview with ethicist Caio Túlio Costa

In the midst of the bribery and phone-hacking scandal involving CEO Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., media analysts continue to debate the ethical challenges of reporting. Are their limits to what a journalist should do in the search for a scoop? Read more »


Knight News Challenge winner Poderopedia aims to map power in Chile (Interview with Miguel Paz)


Poderopedia, a way to look for and spread information about who has the power in Chile, has received $200,000 as one of the 16 winning projects of the Knight News Challenge 2011. Created by journalist Miguel Paz, assistant editor of El Mostrador, and by web developer Héctor Vergara, Poderopedia aims to be a database that will serve as a map of Chilean elites. The website will investigate and illustrate the connections among people, companies and institutions with the end goal of shedding light on any possible conflicts of interest. The information for the database will be obtained via collective participation, similar to Wikipedia, but will be investigated by professional journalists.

The Knight Center spoke with Miguel Paz about Poderopedia. For the complete interview in Spanish, see here. Read more »


Guest post: Brazil’s information access law and the right to know


Guest post by Fabiano Angélico*

Some scholars link the presence of a freedom of information law in a county to its level of social and economic development. After all, the first country to pass such a law was Sweden, a nation that charts highly on human development indices. The second was Finland, another place considered among the best in the world to live. The United States was the third country to pass a law guaranteeing access to public information. Read more »


Using crowdfunding to finance journalistic projects in Brazil (Q&A)

”Crowdfunding”, a term used to describe networking, usually via the Internet, to pool money and resources, is starting to take off in Brazil. An explosion of crowdfunding websites, like Catarse, Multidão, Movere and Benfeitoria, are just some to come on the scene. Read more »


VIDEO: Ecuadoran photographer emphasizes storytelling in the digital age

Photojournalist Pablo Corral Vega of Ecuador updated the famous opening of "The Tale of Two Cities" when he recently described the impact of the digital revolution on photography. Read more »


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