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Topic “IACHR”

Ecuador creates new state committee to protect journalists, but civil society demands more participation

The Interinstitutional Committee for Protection of Journalists and Communication Workers, newly established by the Ecuadorian government, must enjoy independence and have the active participation of civil society, according to national and international organizations. Read more »


Honduran journalist sentenced for defamation is arrested after police raid his radio station

Police officers forcibly entered a Honduran radio station to apprehend the director, a journalist sentenced to 10 years in prison for defamation. Read more »


Latin American electoral processes fomented hostility against the press: annual report from the IACHR

Journalists and media from countries that had elections in 2018, such as Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia and El Salvador, confronted situations of violence and censorship. This was noted in the annual report from the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Violence against women journalists increases in the Americas, according to the IACHR

Women journalists are "twice as likely to be victims of violence" in the Americas for exercising their right to freedom of expression and for reasons of gender. This is according to the report "Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression,” published March 8 by Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Applications open for new online course about freedom of expression for Ibero-American judicial operators

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas of the University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce that applications are open for the course "International Legal Framework of freedom of expression, access to public information and protection of journalists."Read more »


Peruvian journalists ask the IACHR to request the government adopt urgent protection measures for investigative journalists

The Peruvian journalistic site IDL-Reporteros, which in the middle of this year revealed a deep crisis in the country’s judicial system through the release of audio recordings of telephone leaks, asked the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) to demand that the government provide urgent protection measures for journalists and officials investigating the alleged acts of corruption. Read more »


IACHR adopts precautionary measures for journalist’s widow and other press workers being targeted in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted precautionary measures for the widow of a journalist killed in Nicaragua while covering protests and members of a radio station that was set on fire. Read more »


Inter-American Court condemns Colombia for 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court) found the Colombian State responsible for the 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal, and for a failure to guarantee the victim’s right to freedom of expression. Read more »


IACHR urges the Venezuelan government to guarantee free exercise of journalism and publicly condemn violence against the press

Severe restrictions on freedom of expression that include censorship and closure of media outlets, assaults and attacks against journalists and criminalization of opinion contrary to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, were documented by an annual report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The report specifically analyzed the situation of human rights in Venezuela during 2017. Read more »


New course on Freedom of Expression for judges and judicial operators in Latin America; Applications now open

Applications are now open for the latest edition of the online course "International Legal Framework of Freedom of Expression, Access to Public Information and Protection of Journalists" which has trained more than 5,200 judges and judicial operators in Latin America and Spain in recent years. Read more »


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