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Larisa Manescu is originally from Romania, but she’s lived the majority of her life in Canada, the United States, and Argentina. Now a junior majoring in journalism and international relations & global studies, she has been an opinion columnist for The Daily Texan, the University of Texas at Austin's student newspaper, since she first stepped onto campus. Her interests lie in foreign correspondent journalism and investigative reporting. You can follow her on Twitter @LarisaManescu.

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Recent Blog Posts:

Guatemala launches mechanism to prevent violence against journalists

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti announced last week the launch of a plan to ensure the protection of journalists in the country, according to Europa Press. The mechanism involves collaboration among various agencies including ministries, state institutions and independent press organizations. Read more »

Journalist’s murder 8 years ago still exemplifies risks and impunity in Guyana, reporters say

In Guyana, journalists avoid putting their names in bylines and media outlets share and publish their original investigative pieces simultaneously to further protect reporters from violence, according to an International Press Institute interview with Julia Johnson, the founder of Guyana’s Prime News, and Bert Wilkinson, the AP Guyana correspondent. Read more »

Inter-American Court’s defamation decision represents blow to freedom of expression in Argentina, CPJ says

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the autonomous regional court under the Organization of American States, has decided for the first time that criminal defamation doesn’t affect freedom of expression in an unprecedented ruling that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called a major setback for the region. Read more »

Jamaica fully abolishes criminal defamation, an unprecedented legislative action in the Caribbean

The Jamaican Parliament passed a bill on Nov. 5 that fully abolishes criminal defamation within the nation. The move is unprecedented in the Caribbean, where international and local organizations have pressured the region's governments to draft similar legislation. Read more »

Bodyguard of independent cable channel director killed in Guatemala

Viltor García, a bodyguard for cable channel director Karen Rottman, had just finished his shift on Oct. 19 when he was shot and killed by attackers in a vehicle with tinted glass windows in Guatemala City, informed Reporters without Borders (RSF). Rottman is the director of Vea Canal, an independent cable channel critical of the nation's administration. Read more »

Cuban authorities release five dissident journalists after brief detention

Update 10/18/2013: According to Reporters without Borders, all three journalists, along with Denis Noa Martinez and Pablo Morales Marchán (correspondents for Hablemos Press) who had been arrested Sunday, were released on Oct. 14. Read more »

Journalists covering armed violence in Latin America appear in Top 100 Most Influential List

Jineth Bedova Lima, Carlos Dada, Marcela Turati and Anabel Hernández are some of the journalists working out of Latin America mentioned in a list recently published by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) that compiles 100 of the most influential journalists covering armed conflict in regions around the world. Read more »


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