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Topic “access to information”

Most countries in Latin America, around world, fail Associated Press's freedom of information test

Faring about on par with Asia, better than Africa but worse than Europe, only about 38 percent of countries in Latin America were fully responsive to freedom of information requests filed by the Associated Press (AP) as part of a 105-country-wide project, the AP told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Cyber attacks on news sites in Chile threaten freedom of information, says Reporters Without Borders

In the midst of rising social tensions sparked by ongoing student protests in Chile, with violent results for some journalists, Reporters Without Borders denounced new threats against freedom of information in the South American country following cyber attacks on three news sites on Nov. 4. Read more »


One of Latin America's best sunshine laws goes largely unused, says Mexican information expert


In 1995, academic and media analyst Sergio Aguayo ruffled feathers when he asked what was the president of Mexico's salary. Read more »


Brazil's new sunshine law won't shine without media, public support

The bill enabling the constitutional right to access public information in Brazil passed its last hurdle in the South American country's Senate on Oct. 25. The Senate approved the reforms made by the lower house in 2010 and resisted amendments in favor of sealing some secret government documents indefinitely. Read more »


After years of delays, Brazilian senate passes sunshine law, which awaits president's signature

Nearly two years after the bill was first introduced in the National Congress, the Brazilian Senate approved the Public Information Access Law on Oct. 25, reported G1. During the bill's long road to ratification it depended on the support of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese), the NGO Article 19, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Along with these organizations, journalists like Fernando Rodrigues, who led the campaign for the right to access to information in Brazil, were also critical in the bill's passage. The only step left is President Dilma Rousseff's signature. Read more »


Alleged misinformation campaigns by Mexican TV giant lead to creation of watchdog website


Journalists, academics and telecommunication experts joined together to form "Ya Basta de los Abusos de Televisa" (Enough already with Televisa's abuses), an organization dedicated to denouncing media campaigns and manipulation of information by the Mexican television and multimedia giant Televisa, reported the website La Silla Rota. Read more »



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