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Topic “access to information”

Brazil does not punish public servants who don't comply with access to information law, says Article 19

Civil servants who do not comply with the Law on Access to Information (LAI) in Brazil are not punished, according to a recent report from Article 19 Brazil, an NGO that defends freedom of expression and the right to information. The report was launched in celebration of the five-year law, which became effective on May 16. Read more »


Brazilian site Fiquem Sabendo celebrates 2nd anniversary with more than 1,000 requests under the information access law

Fiquem Sabendo, an independent data journalism website founded by Brazilian journalist Léo Arcoverde, celebrates its two year anniversary in May with hundreds of reports and more than one thousand applications to the Law for Access to Information.

The site, which specializes in producing articles with data obtained through the LAI, celebrates its anniversary in the same month that marks five years since the law’s implementation. The LAI came into force on May 16, 2012, and Fiquem Sabendo came online on May 26, 2015. Read more »


Venezuelan Elections: journalists face challenges such as censorship and lack of access to information

Covering parliamentary elections occuring on Dec. 6 in Venezuela has become a major challenge for national and international journalists.

Allegations of censorship, lack of access to public information, excessive rumors, fear of an Internet blackout, violence against reporters and confiscation of equipment are part of the environment in which journalists are working while covering the 6D, as this day has become known in social networks. Read more »


Judges can take an online course on Freedom of Expression, offered by UNESCO and Knight Center

Hundreds of judges and other jurists from Latin American and Caribbean countries have already signed up for a six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish on the “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists.”  Read more »


New interactive from IPYS Venezuela maps the country's media

The team at the Press and Society Institute (IPYS for its acronym in Spanish) Venezuela has found a more accessible way to present information it was collecting about the country's media. 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 »


Digital platform Poderopedia’s new chapter to analyze power networks in Venezuela


On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute (IPYS) launched a new chapter of the digital platform Poderopedia, which helps visualize the connections that exist between powerful people in the country, the organization reported. The platform collects and presents information about political and business leaders in the nation, revealing conflicts of interest, spheres of influence and other connections. Read more »


Government censorship in Venezuela increased by 87% compared to 2012, organizations say

So far this year, there have been 71 cases of censorship of journalists and media in Venezuela, meaning 87 percent more cases than there were over the same period last year, according to Venezuelan organizations that defend freedom of expression and information access that spoke about the situation in their country on Oct. 31 before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during its 149th session. Read more »


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