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Sanctions against independent media continue as Supercom marks 2 years in Ecuador

A government agency in Ecuador that regulates media content, dictates headlines and corrections that news organizations are forced to publish and doles out fines to those who dare to disobey has just celebrated its second anniversary and announced changes in the country’s controversial communic Read more »


Colombian journalist accused of defamation claims editors were at fault

Colombian journalist Juan Esteban Mejia must respond before the law after being charged by the Attorney General with defamation (injuria) on June 16, La F.M. radio reported.  

However, Mejia insists that he is being charged because of an editing error and not his own mistake, FM radio added. Read more »


For the first time, Colombian Justice condemns the entire “criminal network” in a journalist murder case

Former Colombian legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the mastermind of the 2002 murder of La Patria deputy editor Orlando Sierra who was killed because of his work. Read more »


Brazilian sentenced to 12 years in prison for 2013 murder of journalist

In Brazil, a country with a history of impunity concerning crimes against journalists, a man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2013 murder of journalist Rodrigo Neto, reporter for newspaper Vale do Aço, in Minas Gerais.

On June 19, Alessandro Neves Augusto received 12 years in prison for Neto’s death and four years for the attempted murder of a friend that was with Neto at the time, according to Hoje em Dia. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist says police beat and humiliate her, forced her to take off her clothes


Agents of the Venezuelan national police agency in charge of criminal investigations (known by its Spanish acronym CICPC) detained and physically and verbally abused two journalists as they tried to cover the transfer of prisoners from high security on June 19, according to local news agencies and press watchdogs. Read more »


Sentence of 18 months in prison for defamation upheld for directors of Chilean weekly

The Association of Journalists of Chile (Colegio de Periodistas de Chile) has called for a change to Chilean law concerning freedom of expression in light of a Read more »


Suspect in killing of pregnant Venezuelan journalist returned from Colombia

The suspect in the March 2014 killing of pregnant journalist Adriana Urquiola is back in Venezuela after having fled to Colombia.

Colombian authorities delivered Yonny Bolívar to Venezuela on June 18 after he was captured by Interpol Colombia and police in Barranquilla, Colombia on June 11. Read more »


Knight Center offers again the online course on data visualization and infographics with D3.js; Sign up now

Due to the overwhelming success of its online course “Data Visualization and Infographics with D3” last March and April, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering it again, starting on August 17. Read more »


New project aims to make independent news more accessible for Cubans

Cuban journalist Elaine Diaz has strategized a way to distribute independent news content to the masses in Cuba, a place where reaching a diverse audience is difficult due to limited accessibility to the Internet and restrictions on content.

Diaz plans to formally launch Periodismo de Barrio this October via “paquetes semanales,” external hard drives commonly used by Cubans to share online information. The project will also be available online. Read more »


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