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Thousands protest in Mexico against telecommunications bill

On Saturday April 26, around 7,000 people formed a human chain in front of Mexico’s Senate in protest of a new proposed communications bill that President Enrique Peña Nieto presented last Monday.​ Read more »

New online project seeks to leverage social media in coverage of Venezuelan crisis

With the purpose of bypassing the censorship and self-censorship that ail Venezuelan news outlets since the country's mass protests began in February this year, a group of Latin American journalists developed a new site that taps into social media to inform about the crisis. Read more »

On 10th anniversary of Peruvian journalist‘s killing, IAPA calls Supreme Court to solve case

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) asked Peru’s Supreme Court to clear up the murder of radio journalist Alberto Rivera Fernández and to bring those who ordered the crime to justice. Read more »

89% of attacks against Mexican journalists remain in impunity, human rights commission says

Only 19 percent of all registered cases of journalists’ homicides and disappearances have been heard by a judge and only 10 percent of those have ended in a sentencing, leaving Mexico’s impunity index at 89 percent, according to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in a press release on April 20. Read more »

Colombian journalist receives threats as court case against her torturers advances

Reporters Without Borders denounced that Colombian investigative journalist, Claudia Julieta Duque, continues to receive threats as her court case advances against the agents of the country's Department of Security (DAS) who, in the last 10 years, have followed, psychologically tortured and kidnapped her. Read more »

CPJ lists Mexico, Colombia and Brazil in its annual Global Impunity Index

Three Latin American countries were listed in the latest edition of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Global Impunity Index. Mexico, Colombia and Brazil occupied, respectively, the seventh, eighth and eleventh place on the list. Read more »

Argentine organization demands political leaders stop stigmatizing reporters

After an incident on April 10 where political and union leaders in Argentina verbally attacked Marina Hermoso, a reporter from CN23, the Forum for Argentine Journalism (FOPEA) published a press release demanding an end to the stigmatization of reporters for doing their jobs. Read more »

Google-Knight Center Fellows present media projects during Ibero-American Colloquium for Digital Journalism

After the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, journalists from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula got together on April 6 for the Seventh Ibero-American Colloquium on Online Journalism, at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss the trends and issues brought up during the preceding conference. Read more »

Media startups @ISOJ mark change and innovation for future of journalism

Ironically enough, a panel headed by some of the most successful media startups of today started off with its presenter, vice president for journalism and media innovation at the Knight Foundation Michael Maness, criticizing the lack of “transformational leadership” in journalism, or the need to take risks, iterate quickly, pivot well, and embrace the disruptive technology that is increasingly dominating the news field today. Read more »


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