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Topic “violence against journalists”

10th Austin Forum examines prevention and protection strategies for journalists

Who left their computers locked and protected with a password? This is the question that Renata Ávila, blogger for Global Voices, opened with for the panel "Protection and Prevention Strategies: How to help journalists, bloggers, and citizen journalists in a hostile environment?" on the second day of the 10th Austin Forum of Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Storify: Panel participants suggest prevention and protection strategies for journalists

The last panel of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas discussed ways of helping journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists in hostile environments. The panel, moderated by Ricardo Uceda, resulted in several suggestions from the experts in the subject. This Storify compiles the tweets from the audience during the panel "Prevention and Protection Strategies." Read more »


Examining the effectiveness of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala

On the second day of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts spoke on the role of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala. Read more »


Storify: Experts examine governments' protection mechanisms for journalists

On Tuesday, May 22, during the second panel of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, journalists presented on countries' mechanisms to protect journalists. Read more »


Stress, trauma silence journalists, says Bruce Shapiro of Dart Center on second day of 10th Austin Forum


The emotional consequences of chronic stress impact freedom of expression, said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma during the opening session of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. “Exhaustion and emotional crisis are as effective forms of censorship for silencing a journalist as jail sentences or a bullet," Shapiro said. Read more »


Regional press at risk in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil, the most dangerous countries for journalists in the Americas


“I need a gun,” is what a journalist requested as a safety measure to work in Veracruz, one of the most dangerous places for the Mexican press. After the request, Daniela Pastrana, of the Mexican organizationJournalists on Foot (Periodistas a Pie) responded to that journalist that a fire arm was not the solution, but her colleague from Veracruz insisted: “I don't want the gun to defend myself, but to make sure they don't catch me alive." The reporter's response came after five Mexican journalists were found dead with signs of torture in the last 30 days. Read more »


Journalists at 10th Austin Forum call for solidarity in face of endemic violence in Latin America

The fifth panel of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, moderated by Mónica González, director of the Center for Journalistic Investigation (CIPER in Spanish) in Chile, discussed the "Endemic Violence Against Journalists and Media in Latin America" and the need for journalists to ally with NGOs, working in a long-term commitment. Read more »


UN action plan offers strategy for protecting journalists

Highlighting the need to celebrate journalists' work as way of creating a country- and world-wide atmosphere respecting freedom of expression, Guy Berger, director of UNESCO's Division of Freedom of Expression and media development, briefly outlined the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity during the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Storify: More resources, legal mechanisms needed to protect journalists, says OAS' freedom of expression rapporteur

On Monday, May 21, during the first panel of the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Organization of American States, Catalina Botero, discussed "Strategy to Improve Safety and Protection Mechanisms to Combat Impunity." Moderated by Jaime Abello, executive director for the Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation (FNPI in Spanish), the panel was part of the largest ever Austin Forum, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Kidnapped Mexican journalist found dead in Sonora; no official search ever conducted


One day after reporter Marcos Ávila was kidnapped by three armed men in the Mexican state of Sonora, authorities found the journalist's body strangled and with signs of torture. A message that has been attributed to drug-traffickers was found next to the body, reported the newspaper El Universal on the afternoon of Friday, May 18. Read more »



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