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Honduran journalist who denounced corruption takes refuge in human rights office

Fearing for his life, a Honduran journalist who exposed an alleged corruption scandal implicating the country’s president and ruling political party has found safe harbor at the country’s national human rights office.

David Romero, director of Radio Globo, took refuge at the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH for its acronym in Spanish) on July 23. Read more »


Violence against Mexican journalists now concentrated in the southern states, with Veracruz in the spotlight

In the last decade, Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries of the world for journalists, largely due to the so-called War on Drugs in the northern region that borders the United States.

Press freedom advocacy organizations, however, noticed a change in the geography of attacks against journalists, which have become more common in southern states. Another change is that the suspects in the attacks are not members of drug cartels, but public officials and police officers. Read more »


Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui loses court battle to return to the radio, describes the ruling as "disastrous"

Mexican federal court repealed a recurso de amparo, an action to protect an individual’s constitutional rights, launched by journalist Carmen Aristegui after she was dismissed from the MVS radio group. The action was done in order for Aristegui to return to work on the MVS news program First Issue (Primera Emisión). Read more »


Artigo 19's documentary on late journalist Rodrigo Neto looks at impunity in Brazil


By Jessica Diaz-Hurtado

 

Rodrigo Neto, a journalist and radio host from Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, denounced injustices and held police accountable.

“To speak of Rodrigo Neto is to speak of truth,” said fellow journalist Gizelle Ferreira Barbosa. Read more »


Registration open for free online course in Portuguese on data journalism techniques

Dealing with data has become an essential skill for journalists in the digital age, where the availability of information and the demand for precision and transparency are rising. Reviewing the main techniques and tools used in data journalism is the focus of the latest massive open online course (MOOC) of the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (Associação Nacional de Jornais, or ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with support from Google. Read more »


Reported harassment of Nicaraguan journalists highlights dangers of reporting during protests


By Mariana Muñ​oz and Teresa Mioli

 

A year after Nicaraguan journalists called on authorities for protection during anti-government protests, several were reportedly threatened during demonstrations in Managua last week. Read more »


Media coverage of lynching in Brazil stir debate about sensationalization of violence

The recent lynching of a 29-year-old black man by residents of São Luís on the northern coast of Brazil and the killing’s treatment in the country’s news outlets has ignited a debate on how media cover and sensationalize extreme violence. Read more »


Former Argentine police officer accused of killing journalist in Buenos Aires 38 years ago finally captured in Brazil

The Brazilian Federal Police and Interpol captured one of the people accused of the murder of journalist and writer Rodolfo Walsh, who was killed in March 1977 during the last dictatorship in Argentina, according to newspaper Zero Hora. Read more »


More journalists killed in Honduras; RSF calls it "the country of impunity"

Impunity in the murders of journalists has always been a problem in most Latin American countries.

The first steps, finding those responsible and determining motives, is especially challenging in Honduras, a country with the highest murder rate in the world where, according to Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF by its initials in French), “impunity is the rule.”

In the past two weeks, several journalists from the Central American country have been killed and there are no clear explanations as to who killed them or why. Read more »


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