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Lillian Michel is a student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is majoring in history with a focus on Latin America and is completing a minor in French. Her areas of interest include Mexican and Cuban history, liberation theology and Argentine art.

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Recent Blog Posts:

'To make humor from anger': Satirical news reveals the absurd in Venezuelan politics

It’s hard to find any humor in Venezuela’s political crisis  — but not impossible.

The Venezuelan government is known to apply pressure against private media that are critical of President Nicolás Maduro and his administration. However, there are two very popular, often critical outlets that have largely avoided its grasp: Reporte Semanal and El Chigüire Bipolar. Read more »

Mexican journalist wins International Press Freedom Award from CPJ

Mexican journalist Patricia Mayorga, a correspondent for the magazine Proceso, was among the recipients of the 2017 International Press Freedom Award, presented Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »

Venezuelans turn city buses into newsrooms in order to fight disinformation

“Good morning. This is the El Bus TV newscast, we’ve come to bring you these headlines.”

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What sounds like the start of the five o’clock evening news is surprising Venezuelans in the least expected of places — the city bus. Read more »

Latin Americans take home POY Latam awards for photographing life around the globe

Photographers from nine countries in Ibero-America were among the winners of the 2017 Pictures of the Year Latam (POY Latam) contest. The biennial competition awards excellence in documentary and artistic photography across Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. This year, finalists from more than 1,900 entries were judged in Barcelona, Spain, and the winners were announced on May 27. Read more »

Venezuelan journalists covering daily demonstrations must guard against police, 'colectivos,' and protestors

May 26 marked 56 days of continuous protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, during which journalists face aggression from police, armed collectives and protesters alike. Read more »


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