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Mexico Supreme Court rules in favor of freedom of expression and gives new victory to journalist Carmen Aristegui

A week after the Mexican National Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN, for its initials in Spanish) confirmed that the dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui in 2015 by the MVS group was illegal,  the First Chamber of that court granted an Read more »


German journalist detained in Venezuela since November starts new hunger strike in prison

*This entry was updated at 19:21 on 02/06/2019 to include comments from the organization Espacio Público.

German journalist Billy Six, imprisoned in Venezuela since mid-November, began a new hunger strike on Feb. 3 and "demands his immediate release," according to the Venezuelan organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Attacks on the press in Ecuador decreased by 52% during 2018, according to annual report from Fundamedios

Attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador decreased by 52 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to the annual report from Fundamedios. The organization recorded 144 attacks from January to December 2018, while in 2017 there were 297 cases. Read more »


On the eve of a new government in Brazil, Bolsonaro criticizes the press and journalists are targeted on social networks

Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and some of his allies do not appear to have toned down statements against critical journalism since the election in late October. Read more »


Bolsonaro, president-elect of Brazil, follows Trump’s playbook and worries press freedom organizations

A presidential candidate, soon-to-be president-elect, launches repeated attacks on press outlets critical of his proposals and his actions, accusing everything he does not like of being false. In contrast, he chooses outlets that will support him and who are willing to ask less troublesome questions as his spokespeople. And he uses Twitter, Facebook and other social networks to communicate directly with his supporters, encouraging them to privilege the "friendly" press and not to believe in "enemy" media. Read more »


Journalist associations in Brazil protest against 'censorship' after Supreme Court ministers ban Lula’s interview with the press

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) and the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj) have classified as censorship and a restriction on journalism the decisions of Federal Supreme Court Ministers Luiz Fux and Dias Toffoli, which prohibit former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from granting a press interview from prison. Read more »


Aggression against Brazilian journalists intensifies in the final stretch ahead of general elections

On Oct. 7, the Brazilian electorate goes to the polls for general elections marked by the intense dissemination of rumors and fraudulent news on social networks, also fomented by the public’s distrust of the press. In this charged political and media environment, journalists have been consistently targeted for doing their investigative and reporting work. Read more »


Executive director of Cuban press freedom organization goes missing amid threats against independent journalists

Raúl Velázquez, Cuban executive director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and of the Press (ICLEP, for its initials in Spanish), has been missing for six days. Read more »


Bolivian journalists declare an ‘emergency’ regarding parts of new Penal Code that criminalize defamation

The National Association of Bolivian Journalists (ANPB, for its initials in Spanish) and the Association of Journalists of La Paz (APLP) have declared an “emergency” in rejection of articles of the country’s new Penal Code the entities say could be used against profes Read more »


Journalists and organizations launch initiative to build an agenda to confront press violence in Mexico

From her pedestal in the middle of Mexico City, the Angel of Independence looked upon the words “They are killing us” and “No to Silence,” written in white letters measuring several feet high. Read more »


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