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Topic “freedom of expression”

Sale of Ecuador's El Comercio marks a turning point for country's media and raises concerns

After more than a century in the hands of the Mantilla family, one of Ecuador's oldest and most traditional newspapers – El Comercio – has been sold to Latin American media mogul Remigio Ángel González, a Mexican who launched his TV empire in Guatemala and is known for avoiding editorial conflict with governments. Read more »


Advocacy groups in Mexico and Brazil map attacks on journalists to counteract threats

In Brazil and Mexico, ranked seventh and eleventh by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the countries with the highest levels of impunity in the murder of journalists, two advocacy groups are mapping these attacks in an effort to increase their security. Read more »


Mapping the criminalization of defamation in Latin America: Laws that affect Freedom of Expression


A country-by-country map outlining punishments for defamation across the Americas. Information compiled from OAS, IFEX, UNESCO, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Freedom House, together with local media. Click on each country for more information. Read more »


IAPA denounces the deterioration of freedom of expression and lack of access to public information in the region

The 70th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), an organization that brings together media owners and editors of the Americas, condemned the “direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists” that have occurred in the last six months. Read more »


UNESCO and Knight Center offer course for Mexican judges about the international legal framework for freedom of expression

With the support of the Supreme Court of Mexico, through the Mexican Association of Imparters of Justice, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas of the University of Texas at Austin and the UNESCO Chair at Ibero-American University, offer the online course “International Framework for Press Freedom and Protection of Journalists” aimed at judges and other operators of jus Read more »


Mexican journalist denounces human rights violation before the United Nations

Journalist and activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro was abducted in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and tortured en route to Puebla after publishing a book, titled the "The Demons of Eden," on an investigation tha Read more »


As violence against journalists continues across Mexico, advocates demand greater protection measures

When a group of men entered the Silao offices of El Heraldo de Leon in September and threatened and beat reporter Karla Silva, the case became a rallyi Read more »


Uruguayan Edison Lanza takes over as OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Uruguayan journalist and lawyer Edison Lanza was confirmed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as the new Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, replacing Colombian Catalina Botero. Read more »


IAPA calls on Inter American Court to sentence Venezuela over TV network’s 2007 shutdown

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) called on the Inter American Court of Human Rights to sentence the Venezuelan government for having unlawfully shut down TV network RCTV in 2007. Read more »



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