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Carolina de Assis is a Brazilian journalist who lives in São Paulo. She holds a master's degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the GEMMA Programme – Università di Bologna (Italy) / Universiteit Utrecht (The Netherlands) and has worked as a news editor at Opera Mundi, a Brazilian international news website. She is especially interested in journalistic initiatives aimed at promoting human rights and gender justice. You can find her on Twitter: @caroldeassis

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Recent Blog Posts:

Mexico Supreme Court rules in favor of freedom of expression and gives new victory to journalist Carmen Aristegui

A week after the Mexican National Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN, for its initials in Spanish) confirmed that the dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui in 2015 by the MVS group was illegal,  the First Chamber of that court granted an Read more »


Brazilian journalist is ordered to pay damages to Supreme Court minister over passages in book

Brazil's Superior Court of Justice (STJ) has ordered the journalist Rubens Valente to pay compensation for moral damages to Federal Supreme Court (STF) Minister Gilmar Mendes for references to him in the book “Operação Banqueiro,” published in 2014. Read more »


German journalist detained in Venezuela since November starts new hunger strike in prison

*This entry was updated at 19:21 on 02/06/2019 to include comments from the organization Espacio Público.

German journalist Billy Six, imprisoned in Venezuela since mid-November, began a new hunger strike on Feb. 3 and "demands his immediate release," according to the Venezuelan organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Investigative journalism helps to shed light on murders of communicators in Brazil

Following the murders of two Brazilian radio journalists, two investigative journalists left Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo for cities in the interior of the country where the killings had taken place. There, they helped reveal networks of interests and intrigues that may have motivated the two crimes. Police investigations of the cases have led to legal accusations against 17 people, now in jail and awaiting trial. Read more »


On the eve of a new government in Brazil, Bolsonaro criticizes the press and journalists are targeted on social networks

Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and some of his allies do not appear to have toned down statements against critical journalism since the election in late October. Read more »


Brazilian organizations debate threats to press and launch protection network for communicators

A meeting held in São Paulo in early December brought together communicators, press freedom groups and State representatives to discuss the threats facing the press, the measures the State is taking to fight impunity in violence against media professionals and next steps for launching a protection network for communicators. Read more »


Who teaches entrepreneurial journalism in Ibero-America? SembraMedia's study found just a few professors

Update (Jan. 28, 2019): SembraMedia's "Starting Point" report, which studies journalism professors teaching entrepreneurial journalism courses in Spanish, is now available in English.

Original (Dec. 3, 2018): Instruction on entrepreneurial journalism is present in just 2.8 percent of universities and journalism schools in Latin America, while that same figure is 20 percent in Spain. Read more »


Brazilian crowdfunding platform Catarse creates fund for journalistic projects and wants to foster community of support

A crowdfunding platform that has become one of the most successful in Brazil with projects ranging from comics and board games to films, music albums and theater shows is creating a project dedicated solely to independent journalism. Read more »


Mexican journalists denounce violence against communicators in series of profiles on murdered and missing colleagues

In Mexico, killing a journalist is like "killing nobody.” This is demonstrated by the high levels of violence against journalists and impunity in these cases. It is from this premise that Reporteras en Guardia (Reporters on Guard) was born. The group is comprised of 140 journalists – all women – in 24 of the 32 Mexican states (including Mexico City), dedicated to remembering each of the 176 colleagues murdered or disappeared in the country from the year 2000 until October 2018. Read more »


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