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Latin American journalism and advocacy groups recognized by Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Awards

Journalists, media organizations and freedom of expression advocates from El Salvador, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and Ecuador were included on the long list of candidates for the Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards announced on Dec. 16. Read more »


Proportion of women in Latin American newsrooms grows significantly, study shows

Despite low percentages of women in news reporting and presenting, Latin America has seen the most significant progress for gender equality in that field compared to other countries, according to a study of representation of women in the media around the world. Read more »


Veracruz journalists denounce alleged police violence and demand the government's protection

A number of Mexican journalists, newspapers and media outlets recently sent a formal declaration to the government of Veracruz denouncing alleged police violence against journalists while they were covering teacher protests on Nov. 21 and 22.

In the document, they condemned the actions of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP for its acronym in Spanish) and demanded the government guarantee journalists’ physical safety. Read more »


GlobalGirl Media seeks to empower a new generation of Brazilian girls through their media training program

GlobalGirl Media (GGM), a U.S.-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women through the media, is fundraising for a new initiative in São Paulo, Brazil.  The program focuses on the links between sexuality and technology and aims to provide girls with a channel for voicing their opinions through journalism and other media. Read more »


International Day to End Impunity: 1 in 10 cases of killings of journalists is resolved

Today, UNESCO hosts the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), aiming to prompt governments around the world to take stronger actions towards condemning and prosecuting those who commit crimes against journalists. Press advocates explain that the death of journalists is not only an industry-related problem but a threat to democratic society as a whole. Read more »


Honduran newspaper stops print edition after government freezes its finances for money laundering investigation

Honduran newspaper Diario Tiempo announced today the termination of its print edition. The newspaper made the decision three weeks after the Honduran government froze the assets of its parent company, business conglomerate Grupo Continental, following accusations of money laundering by the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Read more »


Photographers gather in Mexico City to support family of murdered colleague

Photographers from around the world donated their work to support the family of photojournalist and colleague Rubén Espinosa who was killed almost three months ago in Mexico City.

FotorreporterosMX, a collective among which Espinosa had colleagues, organized the auction that took place on Oct. 17 at Mexico City’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance. It raised over 200,000 Mexican pesos (about USD $12,000) for Espinosa’s family. Read more »


New communications minister calls for less funding of state-owned media in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s new communications minister told a group of Caribbean journalists that too much government money was being used to finance state-owned media companies in his country.

We don’t need so many media and right now we cannot afford it,” Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said, as reported by the Antigua Observer. Read more »


Media executives and journalists at IAPA assembly catalogue censorship in the Americas

Unsolved murders, violent government repression, oppressive anti-media laws and the ever-increasing ties between big money and big government were among the issues of debate at the 71st General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).

In the conclusions from their assembly, the IAPA listed attacks against journalists, government pressure, legal obstacles and an increase in state media ownership as causes for the deterioration of press freedoms in Latin America. Read more »


Brazilian, Colombian and Costa Rican journalists win global investigative journalism award

The transnational investigative journalism series "Império das Cinzas" (“Empire of Ashes”), about illegal cigarette trafficking in South America, was announced winner of the Global Shining Light Award on Oct. 10. Read more »


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