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Topic “IACHR”

Inter-American Court to hear case of Colombian journalist whose murder remains unpunished 19 years after the fact

The case of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal, who was assassinated on April 16, 1998, will be reviewed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Aug. 22 and 23 during a public hearing in Costa Rica, according to a press release from the organization. Read more »


Member states of the OAS pass resolution obligating them to fight violence against journalists in the region

The recent signing of a resolution by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now part of the working arguments used by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur of the IACHR of the OAS, will now consider the resolution as it becomes part of the legal body with which governments can be urged to comply. Read more »


Community radio stations in Latin America discriminated against by law and its advocates face criminal convictions

While Latin American community radios have received greater recognition in their countries since the mid-2000s, they remain limited and discriminated against in practice and by law. Read more »


Paraguay says it will adopt mechanisms to protect journalists at risk

In response to allegations of 23 journalists injured during police repression of social protests in Paraguay, the government of that country announced the coming adoption of a security protocol for journalists at risk. Read more »


Uruguayan civil society goes to IACHR to ask the government to fully implement and enforce 2014 communication law

Civil society representatives from Uruguay called on their government to effectively implement the Law of Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA for its acronym in Spanish) and involve them in the development and implementation of the guidelines regulating it. Read more »


Censorship increased in the Americas while 33 journalists and communicators lost their lives in 2016, according to IACHR report

The 33 journalists and media workers murdered in the Americas during 2016 represent an increase in censorship and corruption in the countries of the Americas, according to the annual report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Wife of journalist with arrest warrant pays compensation to Ecuador’s president

Accompanied by her children, friends and supporter, Verónica Saráuz, wife of Ecuadorian journalist Fernando Villavicencio, certified before the Civil Judicial Unit of Quito a payment of US $47,306 in damages to Rafael Correa. Read more »


Application deadline nears for Freedom of Expression Orlando Sierra Fellowship from the IACHR

The Office of the Special Rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is inviting journalists and lawyers to apply for the Freedom of Expression Orlando Sierra Fellowship.

The paid fellowship, which begins on Feb. 15, 2017, will last for 11 months in Washington D.C. Fellows assist the Special Rapporteur and monitor freedom of expression in the region. Read more »


Special Rapporteur of the IACHR finds discord and polarization between Bolivian government and critical media

There is discord between the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales and a large sector of the media, as well as organizations defending freedom of expression, said Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), during a visit to La Paz, according to Página Siete. Read more »


Special Rapporteurs tell Venezuelan government they are concerned with recent attacks against media in the country

Special Rapporteurs at the UN and Inter-American Commission communicated their concerns about the deterioration of media freedom to the Venezuelan government in attempts to open a dialogue with authorities and improve the situation for journalists in the country. Read more »


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