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Silvia Higuera is a Colombian journalist who has written for the Knight Center since 2012. She is interested in covering Latin American issues and human rights, especially the right to freedom of expression, and the investigate journalism. She studied Social Communication and Journalism at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Bucaramanga (Colombia), and received her Master's of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She worked with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) under the Orlando Sierra fellowship during 2014. She also worked for the Colombian newspaper Vanguardia Liberal and wrote for different magazines about local, economic and public order issues. Her work has also appeared in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald of Miami. Email: silvia.knightcenter@gmail.com

Recent Blog Posts:

‘Gabo’ will have a Center to promote his legacy through the lessons of journalism

When Colombian literature Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died in April 2014, in addition to the sadness that followed, a need arose in the Colombian community to ensure his legacy would continue from generation to generation. Read more »


New course on Freedom of Expression for judges and judicial operators in Latin America; Applications now open

Applications are now open for the latest edition of the online course "International Legal Framework of Freedom of Expression, Access to Public Information and Protection of Journalists" which has trained more than 5,200 judges and judicial operators in Latin America and Spain in recent years. Read more »


Organizations demand Colombian police investigate attack on commission and death of indigenous journalist

The Colombian National Police is being accused of potentially being responsible for two separate attacks on press freedom on Oct. 8.

Organizations like the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP for its acronym in Spanish) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper) urge authorities to investigate the cases and punish those responsible. Read more »


Documentary shows poor working conditions for journalists in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

When you think about the situation of journalists in Mexico, the first image that comes is one of violence. And for good reason. The country is considered the most dangerous in the American continent to practice this profession. In 2017 alone, at least 11 journalists have been recorded as killed for reasons related to their work. Read more »


Former paramilitaries will not benefit from reduced sentences in relation to attack on Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya

Colombia's Supreme Court confirmed that two former paramilitary leaders will be excluded from benefits offered under the Justice and Peace Law because they did not tell the truth in the investigation into the abduction, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima that occurred 17 years ago, El Tiempo reported. Read more »


Case of stigmatization demonstrates new dangers facing Colombian journalists

The recent case of stigmatization against Semana columnist Daniel Samper Ospina is just one example of the new types of threats facing journalists in Colombia as the deadly violence of decades past plummets.

For Pedro Vaca, executive director of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), although the number of journalists murdered due to work-related reasons has decreased (in 2016, there were no murders of journalists, and in 2017 the figure has remained at zero), other types of press violations are on the increase. Read more »


New guide joins MOOC as part of iniative to train judicial workers in Latin America about freedom of expression standards

The deterioration of freedom of expression in Latin America is clear. In 2016 alone, 36 journalists were killed in that region for reasons that may be related to their work, according to the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Jorge Ramos wins García Marquéz Recognition of Excellence and dedicates it to journalists killed for questioning power

In his more than 30 years as a journalist, Jorge Ramos has dedicated himself to holding power to account, to being a rebel, to disobeying, something he advises the next generations of journalists to do. Read more »


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