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Peruvian investigative site Ojo Público develops algorithm to track possible acts of corruption

An algorithm against corruption developed by the Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público identified that 40 percent of public contracts in Peru, between 2015 and 2018, have a risk of corruption. Read more »


High concentration of media ownership threatens media plurality in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, says RSF

On Dec. 3, Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its acronym in French) launched the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) website for Latin America, bringing together studies on media ownership in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Read more »


Rio de Janeiro mayor threatens journalists and announces newspaper boycott after report on alleged bribe payments

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, severed city hall’s relations with newspaper O Globo, the largest in the city and edited by Grupo Globo, the largest communication group in the country. As a practical effect, on Dec. Read more »


Bolsonaro government excludes Folha de S. Paulo from bidding and president recommends Brazilians "not buy the newspaper"

Brazil’s Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic, Fábio Wajngarten, accused Folha de S. Paulo of “defending a conspiracy for the exit” of President Jair Bolsonaro, and of “preaching disrespect, lies and frustrated attempts to demoralize him” in an article published in the newspaper Dec. 2. Read more »


Television journalist shot upon leaving station in coastal northern Honduras

José Arita, a journalist for Channel 12 in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, was killed just after leaving the station where he works.

The murder, which took place on the night of Nov. 25, involved four men who were waiting for the journalist and began to shoot at him, as the Associated Press reported, citing security spokesman Jair Meza Barahona.

Meza Barahona added that the murder could be related to Arita’s work, the news agency said. Read more »


An independent digital media outlet in Uruguay achieved financial sustainability in just one year, but growing is a risk

Achieving financial sustainability is quite a feat for a new digital journalistic media outlet, especially if it comes from a small country. That is why the case of the Uruguayan site Amenaza Roboto is remarkable. Within a year, the multimedia platform that covers science and technology produced in Latin America for a Spanish-speaking audience has paid all its bills. Read more »


Digital media from Venezuela launch collaborative journalism platform to join resources, investigate and circumvent censorship

To face the many challenges that currently exist in Venezuela, many journalistic media have found themselves in need of forming alliances to continue reporting and investigating. Read more »


Leaked messages allegedly show former Panamanian president tried to influence media coverage through executives

Messages leaked by an anonymous group allegedly show that former Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019) sustained an operation during his tenure to carry out online attacks on journalists critical of his administration, as well as pressure media executives to stop negative coverage of his government. Read more »


For digital sites Pacifista and Colombia2020, peace is the news in a country with a deep history of violence and conflict


By Nubia Rojas*

In 2014, two years after the government of then-Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and the former FARC guerrillas began a negotiation process that would end in the signing of an agreement between the parties in November 2016, the country saw the emergence of two media outlets focused on peace issues. Read more »


Spanish foundation that collaborates with the Latin American press seeks to change the narrative of migration stories

When addressing stories about migrants in journalism, "we have to stop talking about the path because that is killing us," Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón, general director of the Spanish journalism foundation and platform porCausa, told the Knight Center. Read more »


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