Two journalists killed in Brazil and Colombia; 3 journalists murdered in northeastern Brazil during Nov. 2015
As the end of the year nears, two more journalists were killed in Brazil and Colombia in the past week. Read more »
GlobalGirl Media seeks to empower a new generation of Brazilian girls through their media training program
GlobalGirl Media (GGM), a U.S.-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women through the media, is fundraising for a new initiative in São Paulo, Brazil. The program focuses on the links between sexuality and technology and aims to provide girls with a channel for voicing their opinions through journalism and other media. Read more »
Two people on a motorcycle fatally shot 30-year-old Brazilian blogger Ítalo Eduardo Diniz Barros on Nov. 13 in Governador Nunes Freire in Maranhão state. A friend with Diniz was also shot, but survived, according to G1.
Military police confirmed that Diniz had received threats for publications made to his blog, G1 reported. Read more »
Brazil extradites former Paraguayan mayor accused of being mastermind behind the murder of journalist Pablo Medina
Former mayor Vilmar Acosta arrived in Asunción - Paraguay's capital - Tuesday Nov. 17 after Brazil approved his extradition. He now will have to answer for the murder of journalist Pablo Medina, according to Reuters. The journalist’s assistant, Antonia Almada, was also killed in the attack targeting the reporter. Read more »
Juliana Barbassa, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism, returned to campus on Nov. 16 to speak to a group of students and professors about her new book Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink.
After living and studying outside of South America for most of her life, Barbassa returned to her birthplace of Brazil in 2010 as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. Read more »
Fourth radio journalist killed in Brazil this year; a total of 5 journalists have been killed in the country in 2015
Early in the morning on Nov. 10, an unidentified man shot community radio journalist Israel Gonçalves Silva inside a store in Lagoa de Itaenga in Pernambuco state. The journalist had just dropped his children at school. Reports say the man fled via motorcycle without taking anything. Read more »
Journalism site brings together young people and proposes new look to cover the periphery of São Paulo
For five years, a group of young people from the periphery of São Paulo, under the supervision of journalist Izabela Moi, faced a challenge: portray their neighborhoods from an "insider’s view," with coverage that went beyond clichés about violence and welfare. Read more »
In the context of high levels of violence against journalists in Brazil, which already account for four murders this year, freedom of the press defenders came together around a project that seeks to curb impunity in these crimes. Read more »
Rio2016 Olympic Games communications director explains how the city is getting ready for 30,000 journalists
By the time the Olympic Games start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, 2016, the communications team will have spent three years preparing for the influx of more than 30,000 media workers, millions of fans and scores of critics with eyes on Brazil.
Mario Andrada, executive director of communications for the games, spoke at the University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 23 about his team’s planning and preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read more »
Brazilian journalist whose visa was revoked by Ecuador will present her case before the IACHR of the OAS
After the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Ecuador denied the appeal for protective action filed by Brazilian journalist Manuela Picq on Oct. 1, her lawyer announced that the case will be presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Read more »