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Paola Nalvarte is a Peruvian journalist and documentary photographer living in Austin, Texas. She focuses on covering and writing about the Andes region. In Peru, Paola worked in the Lima office of the Italian news agency ANSA, on the economic news desk of the daily Expreso, and for ten years she has been working on different editorial projects doing picture editing and research for one of the oldest Spanish-language papers in the world, the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. She also enjoyed writing for the newspaper weekly magazine Somos. Follow her on Twitter @paolanalvarte

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Recent Blog Posts:

Satirical sites in Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Spain join in cross-border initiative to tackle pandemic

It all started in Medellín, Colombia, at the Gabo Festival. In 2018, journalists from the magazines Mongolia from Spain, El Chamuco from Mexico and Barcelona from Argentina, sitting at the same table, spoke with laughter and then more seriously, about starting an Satirical International alliance. The opportunity came later with the pandemic and the wave of false news surrounding the new coronavirus. Read more »

Latin American journalists face mass layoffs and lack of health protection to cover the COVID-19 pandemic

Faced with the economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the wave of disinformation spreading like the virus throughout the world, journalism is considered by various international organizations as an essential service now more than ever, and journalists as workers essential for society. Read more »

News media from Brazil and Peru give space to voices of essential, frontline workers and people in quarantine during pandemic

Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the daily routines of people around the world, some Latin American media are dedicating spaces for the voices of those who want to share their stories, particularly those from the front lines. Read more »

Cuban government imposes more limitations on independent journalism by censoring content on social networks during pandemic

Independent journalism in Cuba, for decades, has had to deal with a penal code that criminalizes them when they do not work for state media, among other regulations that restrict their freedom. Since the new coronavirus arrived on the island, independent journalism has had to face the increasingly common fines of Decree 370, which penalizes the opinions of Cubans posted on social networks and digital platforms. Read more »

Salvadoran government reinforces limits on freedom of expression and the press during COVID-19 pandemic

Since the Salvadoran government imposed mandatory home quarantine on March 21 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, a number of executive restrictions have affected access to information and freedom of expression. Read more »

Ecuadorian site creates virtual memorial so families can say goodbye to loved ones who died during coronavirus pandemic

Of the South American countries, Ecuador is the country with the highest number of those infected and the highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus per capita.

In "Ecuador, today, if a person dies in a hospital, their relatives cannot go to say goodbye or see them," Isabela Ponce, director and founder of the Ecuadorian site GK, told the Knight Center. "Whoever died must be buried... without anyone being present there.” Read more »

Venezuelan journalist detained after reporting on the pandemic is released, but judicial process continues

After 12 days in a unit of the Special Action Forces (FAES, for its acronym in Spanish) of the Venezuelan police, journalist Darvinson Rojas was released. Read more »

ICFJ launches global forum to support and connect journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic

"The importance of professional journalism in these times of a global health crisis takes on an importance that can define the life or death of people," Luis Botello, deputy vice president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), told the Knight Center. Read more »

Police officers arrest Venezuelan journalist who reported on the COVID-19 situation in his country

*This story has been updated.

The house of Venezuelan journalist Darvinson Rojas was raided and he was detained by agents of the Special Action Forces (FAES) of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) on March 21, in Caracas. Journalist and freedom of expression groups in the country say it was for his reporting on the coronavirus in Venezuela. Read more »

Federal judge issues conviction against man involved in murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach

After a series of postponements in the trial, a federal court found one of the material co-authors guilty of the murder of the journalist Miroslava Breach, killed on March 23, 2017 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Read more »


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