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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 »


Latin American laws on access to public information are among the best in the world: Unesco report

More than 100 countries in the world have a law in their national legislation that allows access to public information. Latin America is the region with developing countries that has advanced most in this respect, even surpassing certain aspects of the laws of European Union countries, according to the recent Unesco report, "Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America.” Read more »


UNESCO urges countries to rely on independent regulatory bodies to protect against media concentration

Considering the concentration of media ownership that has historically existed in Latin America – which threatens diversity and pluralism in that sector – UNESCO has recommended that States seek a balance between the rights of broadcasters and the audience. Read more »


New online course in Spanish on the international legal framework for freedom of expression will be offered in May

More than 3,000 judges and other justice system operators in Latin America have been trained in the last three years through the Spanish-language online course “International Legal Framework on freedom of expression, access to public information and protection of journalists.” A new version of this course has just been announced and will be offered starting May 8, 2017. Read more »


Only 11% of murders of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean have been resolved in the last decade: Unesco

Of all the reasons that provoke violence against journalists, the most important one is impunity, it is the lack of investigation into the acts of violence and assassinations of journalists,” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO assistant director-general for communication and information, in a video commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which takes place every Nov. 2. Read more »


Fourth edition of the online course for judges on freedom of expression begins with more than 600 judges and judicial operators

The fourth edition of the online course “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists” began on April 4 with the participation of 624 judges and other judicial operators (prosecutors, attorneys, lawyers, etc.) in Latin America. Read more »


Human rights expert from Guatemala Frank La Rue picked to lead Communication and Information at UNESCO

UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector named Guatemalan human rights expert and former United Nations Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue as the organization’s new Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. Read more »


UNESCO and Knight Center offer new online course for Latin American judges on freedom of expression

Due to the success of last year's offering of the massive online course “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists,” which had more than 1,200 registered participants from across Latin America, the course will be offered again starting April 4. Read more »


Panel at UN General Assembly calls for more concrete actions to end impunity in crimes against journalists

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), on Nov. 2, was marked by events all over the world. At the United Nations headquarters in New York City, a panel discussion concluded that it is time for the international community to take more concrete actions to protect journalists and prosecute those who commit crimes against them. Read more »


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