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Cuban journalist begins serving year-long prison sentence after being convicted of resistance and disobedience

Cuban journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces was taken to prison on Sept. 11, just over a month after being convicted of the crimes of resistance and disobedience. Read more »


Latin American media outlets participate in global initiative to strengthen coverage of the climate crisis

“Our own global warming ‘phony war’ is over. The hot war is here,” said veteran U.S. journalist Bill Moyers at a conference in April, when he compared the importance and urgency of journalistic coverage about the climate crisis to coverage of WWII. Read more »


Ojo Público’s reports on sex trafficking inspire traveling theatrical production in Peru

Between 2017 and 2018, Peruvian site Ojo Público published three investigative reports looking into the experiences of Peruvian girls and adolescents who were sexually exploited by traffickers. Now, those stories have been brought to the stage as the theater documentary ‘Delta.’ Read more »


Bolsonaro removes obligation of government agencies to publish public notices in Brazilian print newspapers

In yet another action that threatens the financial health of Brazil's print newspapers, President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure (MP, for its initials in Portuguese) that relieves government agencies from the obligation to publish bidding and auction notices in print newspapers. Read more »


Independent journalists in Nicaragua demand press freedom, including return of newsrooms and delivery of printing materials

Nearly seventeen months after protests first broke out in Nicaragua, independent journalists in the country and international press advocates are repeating calls to protect media workers and freedom of expression.

To mark the International Day of the Journalist, on Sept. 9, the Independent Press Forum of Nicaragua called for the restitution of public liberties and demanded an end to the police state. Read more »


Cuba among the countries with the highest levels of censorship in the world, according to CPJ report

Cuba is the only country in Latin America included in the list of 10 nations with the highest levels of censorship in the world, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Salvadoran journalists warn about lack of access to official sources and little tolerance for criticism from the new government

*This story has been updated. It was originally missing some translated paragraphs.

Since President Nayib Bukele took office on June 1, 2019, Salvadoran journalists in the country say public institutions and officials are increasingly less accessible as sources and social networks have become the favorite medium of the new government to communicate official matters or refute any criticism or comment. Read more »


After four years, Brazil’s Projeto #Colabora creates network of 260 journalists

Of the new outlets that have launched in Brazil in recent years, Projeto #Colabora stands out as having formed a network of 260 journalists spread across the four corners of the country. According to founder Agostinho Vieira, these collaborators are one of the main assets of the non-profit project, which is about to celebrate its four-year anniversary with projections of R $1.8 million in revenue. Read more »


Red PALTA is born to monitor the use of public money and public policies in Latin America

In addition to being an essential product of every family’s shopping basket for the vast majority of the Latin America population, milk also is part of many social assistance programs aimed at the most vulnerable populations in countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.  Read more »


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