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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:

'Journalists cannot lose track of the people to whom we have a responsibility': Jineth Bedoya, UNESCO Press Freedom Laureate

Awarding the 2020 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima held special significance for the press in her home country. It was the first time that the prize, created in 1997 in honor of a Colombian journalist who was killed by drug traffickers, returned home.  Read more »


UNESCO will provide grants in the framework of the World Campaign for Media Freedom

UNESCO is donating a total of US $500,000 to nonprofit organizations, including media associations and/or journalists, with projects that improve legal protections for journalists, as well as those that support investigative journalism aimed at fighting impunity.

In this way, the First Call for Proposals is open to organizations with “innovative projects” that serve the objectives of the Global Media Defense Fund. Read more »


Course on freedom of expression for judicial operators in the midst of the pandemic has 'important relevance'

In almost two weeks, a new edition of the training program on international standards of freedom of expression aimed at judges, magistrates and other judicial operators in Ibero-America led by UNESCO and the IACHR's Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, in collaboration with the Knight Center, will begin online classes. Read more »


Course on freedom of expression for judicial operators in Ibero-America opens applications for the 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of the course “International Legal Framework of freedom of expression, access to public information and protection of journalists” opens applications to all magistrates, judges and judicial operators in Ibero-America. Read more »


Man convicted for torture of Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho will serve more than five years in prison

Juan Sánchez Moreno, who was commander of the Attorney General's Office of the state of Puebla, was convicted on Jan. 15 for the crime of torture against Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, which occurred in 2005, according to freedom of expresson organization Article 19 Mexico. Read more »


New reports of illegal espionage of journalists in Colombia reignite fears

Illegal espionage of journalists and other public personalities, including magistrates and politicians, seems to have another chapter in Colombia after a scandal over this same issue almost a decade ago ended in the abolition of the country's intelligence department. Read more »


Election fact-checking projects in Argentina and Uruguay reflect on successful collaboration and fighting disinformation

Election coverage is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in newsrooms: processing large volumes of information in a short time and with the same team that works in everyday conditions. The rapid spread of false information with a high impact on elections has become an additional factor that makes the task difficult. Read more »


Defensores de la Democracia seeks to be a living archive of the work of journalists killed in Mexico

The story of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, the Mexican journalist who arrived in the United States more than 10 years ago to request asylum but who could face deportation, was for Alejandra Ibarra the starting point of her project Defensores de la Democracia (Democracy Defenders), a digital archive that seeks to preserve the work of journalists kille Read more »


Colombian journalist Claudia Duque renounces criminal proceedings in case for her psychological torture; denounces impunity

Considering that Colombia’s judiciary currently “constitutes a scenario of revictimization through the silencing, delay and verbal and legal attacks of defense lawyers and the accused,” journalist Claudia Julieta Duque announced that she will suspend her participation in the criminal proceedings in the case for her persecution and psychological torture. Her decision comes exactly 15 years after the crime took place. Read more »


Project seeks to keep the world’s eyes on what is happening in Nicaragua despite the closure of journalistic spaces

Lack of access to public information, requests for interviews denied by public officials, control of printing materials, harassment, repression and violence are part of daily life for journalists in Nicaragua. Read more »


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