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Topic “Latin America”

Debate on drug legalization hits mainstream press in newspapers throughout the Americas

With Mexico and Central America suffering record levels of violence -- mostly due to escalated drug trafficking -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina intends to raise the controversial issue of drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14-15. As an analysis by three former presidents from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico noted, 40 years of concentrated drug-fighting efforts have done nothing to reduce ever-increasing drug production and use, making it time for the region to take a new approach, according to an article published in news outlets throughout the region, including The Huffington Post. Read more »

Spanish-speaking journalists from the Americas can apply now for course on the Inter-American Human Rights System

Journalists from countries in the Americas have until April 16 to apply for a course from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to be held May 10-11 in Washington, D.C. The course, offered in Spanish, is aimed at helping journalists who cover human rights to better understand the Inter-American Human Rights System. Read more »

Top bird: Mexico's El Universal is the most followed newspaper on Twitter in Latin America

With more than one million followers, the Mexican newspaper El Universal has more Twitter followers than any other newspaper from among the top 100 dailies in Latin America, according to a website that ranks newspapers' popularity. Read more »

Ten Latin American newspapers publish column that provoked lawsuit from Ecuadorian president

After the Colombian Association of Newspaper Editors and Media (Andiarios) decided to run the opinion column that prompted the libel lawsuit by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, newspapers all over Latin America decided to follow suit on Thursday, Feb. 23, reported the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo, the daily being sued by Correa. Read more »

Journalists worldwide contending with violence, censorship and impunity, says annual CPJ report

Around the world, at least 46 journalists were killed for their work in 2011, and another 35 deaths are being investigated to determine whether they were journalism related, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) annual report documenting attacks on the press, reported the news agency AFP. Read more »

"Crackdowns" on journalists, violence lead to drop in global press freedom rankings for Chile, Brazil, and U.S.

Brazil, Chile and the United States tumbled dramatically in the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index that Reporters Without Borders released Wednesday, Jan. 25. Brazil dropped 41 places to no. 99, Chile plummeted 47 places to no. 80, and the United States fell 27 spots to no. 47. Read more »

Citizens' reports: A guide to crowdsourcing websites in Latin America

From elections in Brazil to mapping power in Chile to a stand-in for Wikipedia in the United States, journalists throughout the Americas are using crowdsourcing to cover the news. The Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) noted that crowdsourcing, or turning to a large group of citizens to perform a task that normally would be done by an individual, has "become a popular method for citizen participation" that allows "users to report crimes anonymously...due in part to violence against witnesses and journalists." Read more »

Scholarship available for Spanish speakers seeking master's degree in journalism at U.S. university

The Carlos M. Castañeda Educational Foundation is accepting applications for a 2012-2013 scholarship for Spanish speakers seeking a graduate degree in journalism from a U.S. university. Applicants also should demonstrate a commitment to defending human rights, democracy, and press freedom. Read more »

Deadlines approaching for upcoming international journalism fellowships

Searching for ways to improve your journalism skills? Looking to get experience reporting abroad? The list of upcoming journalism fellowships for 2012 compiled by the International Center for Journalists might be exactly what you were looking for. Read more »


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