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UNESCO celebrates World Radio Day to honor the medium that seeks 'a more peaceful and tolerant world'

Under the theme "Dialogue, tolerance and peace," the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is once again leading the celebration of World Radio Day on Feb. 13 to highlight the importance of the radio in its search for a "more peaceful and tolerant world." Read more »


Increased internet access and insecurity for journalists among media trends in Latin America, according to UNESCO

The inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean have seen an increase in access to content on digital platforms in the last six years, according to the report "World trends in freedom of expression and media development: regional overview of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017/2018.”

The report analyzes trends in the region and how they affect freedom of expression, pluralism and media independence, as well as the safety of journalists. Read more »


As murders of journalists rise globally, Mexico leads Latin America for media workers killed in 2018

Mexico continues to be the deadliest country for journalists worldwide that is not engaged in armed conflict. This was one of the conclusions of various press freedom organizations as 2018 comes to a close. 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 »


Just 18% of cases of murdered journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean have been reported as resolved: UNESCO

This post has been updated to include information on UNESCO's Observatory of Killed Journalists.

When the murders of journalists are not brought to justice in court, the result is not only injustice for those professionals and their families, but a greater threat to the colleagues they leave behind. 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 »


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 »


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