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Silvia Higuera's Blog

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Silvia Higuera is a Colombian journalist who has written for the Knight Center since 2012. She is interested in covering Latin American issues and human rights, especially the right to freedom of expression, and the investigate journalism. She studied Social Communication and Journalism at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Bucaramanga (Colombia), and received her Master's of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She worked with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) under the Orlando Sierra fellowship during 2014. She also worked for the Colombian newspaper Vanguardia Liberal and wrote for different magazines about local, economic and public order issues. Her work has also appeared in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald of Miami. Email: silvia.knightcenter@gmail.com

Recent Blog Posts:

Former paramilitaries will not benefit from reduced sentences in relation to attack on Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya

Colombia's Supreme Court confirmed that two former paramilitary leaders will be excluded from benefits offered under the Justice and Peace Law because they did not tell the truth in the investigation into the abduction, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima that occurred 17 years ago, El Tiempo reported. Read more »


Case of stigmatization demonstrates new dangers facing Colombian journalists

The recent case of stigmatization against Semana columnist Daniel Samper Ospina is just one example of the new types of threats facing journalists in Colombia as the deadly violence of decades past plummets.

For Pedro Vaca, executive director of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), although the number of journalists murdered due to work-related reasons has decreased (in 2016, there were no murders of journalists, and in 2017 the figure has remained at zero), other types of press violations are on the increase. Read more »


New guide joins MOOC as part of iniative to train judicial workers in Latin America about freedom of expression standards

The deterioration of freedom of expression in Latin America is clear. In 2016 alone, 36 journalists were killed in that region for reasons that may be related to their work, according to the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Jorge Ramos wins García Marquéz Recognition of Excellence and dedicates it to journalists killed for questioning power

In his more than 30 years as a journalist, Jorge Ramos has dedicated himself to holding power to account, to being a rebel, to disobeying, something he advises the next generations of journalists to do. Read more »


Dorrit Harazim of Brazil and Martín Caparrós of Argentina among winners of 2017 Maria Moors Cabot Awards

Brazilian columnist, publisher and documentarian Dorrit Harazim, and Argentine journalist and author Martin Caparrós are among the winners of the 2017 Maria Moors Cabot Award, announced on July 21 by the Read more »


Member states of the OAS pass resolution obligating them to fight violence against journalists in the region

The recent signing of a resolution by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now part of the working arguments used by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur of the IACHR of the OAS, will now consider the resolution as it becomes part of the legal body with which governments can be urged to comply. Read more »


Ecuadorian judge determines that journalist Martín Pallares is not guilty in case filed by Rafael Correa

“Innocent.” These were the words Ecuadorian journalist Martín Pallares used to summarize the judge’s decision in a July 3 hearing for a suit filed against the journalist by former President Rafael Correa. The ex-leader, who was not present at the hearing, sued Pallares on June 5 in response to an article he wrote. Read more »


Ecuador's communications law has sanctioned 675 media outlets and journalists in four years

When Ecuador approved the Organic Law of Communication (LOC for its acronym in Spanish) in 2013, different organizations inside and outside the country expressed concern about the negative ef Read more »


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