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Silvia Higuera's Blog

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Silvia Higuera is a Colombian journalist who has written for the Knight Center since 2012. She has been interested in covering Latin American issues and human rights, especially the right to freedom of expression. She studied Social Communication and Journalism at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Bucaramanga (Colombia), and received her Master 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:

Mexican reporters create lab that offers scholarships to promote investigative journalism in their country

The “barrage” of censorship and pressure to which Mexican journalists have been exposed in recent years reminds reporter Alexandra Xanic of the 1990s. The dependence of the media on official advertising, reductions in newsrooms and the search by media outlets to “fill spaces,” mean that investigative journalism is increasingly forgotten, and the little that is done fails to have the impact it should. Read more »


Journalists from several countries create digital magazine to report on the world with a Latin American perspective

When two of six co-founding journalists of Revista Late met at the Festival for the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award in October 2016, they felt that their visions and expectations toward journalism would lead them to create something together. Read more »


CPJ presents report with recommendations to journalists and measures to improve their safety

Despite the fact that the security of journalists has become a matter of concern for international organizations such as the UN, which even proclaimed a day to encourage the fight against impunity in crimes against journalists, the statistics attacks against these professionals do not appear to be decreasing. Read more »


Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya denounces re-victimization in trial for her kidnapping, torture and sexual assault

Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima has testified 11 times before the authorities in her country about the crimes against her, including kidnapping, torture and sexual assault, in May 2000. Read more »


In Dominican Republic, journalists are killed in radio booth during live broadcast

A radio announcer and the director of a radio station in the Dominican Republic were killed on the morning of Feb. 14 in the city of San Pedro de Macorís. According to EFE, an armed man entered the location and began firing several times. However, local media pointed out that there could have been two male attackers. Read more »


In a decisive year for peace in Colombia, the country’s press received more threats, pressure and censorship, says FLIP

Although figures on deadly violence against journalists in Colombia continue to decrease – for example, 2016 was the first year of the last seven in which there were no murders of journalists because of their work – the forms of censorship have “mutated” and are far from being overcome in Colombia. Read more »


Ecuadorian project seeks to make politicians and citizens commit to respecting freedom of expression

With the aim of improving the conditions for the exercise of freedom of expression in Ecuador in the coming years, civil society organizations created a document that establishes the way to achieve this with the commitment of political actors and citizens. Read more »


Guatemalan congressman accused of being mastermind of journalist's murder in 2015

A Guatemalan congressman was named by the country’s authorities as the alleged mastermind of the March 10, 2015 murder of journalist Danilo Efraín Zapón López, according to the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


Mexican journalists launch project documenting the impact of violence on women by reflecting on their own stories

In the 10 years of the violent Drug War in Mexico, journalists have rarely had the time to reflect on how the violence affects both them and the people around them. Read more »


Latin American journalists among winners of the King of Spain Awards

Journalists from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay were among the winners of the King of Spain International Journalism Awards on Jan. 24 in its 34th edition, news agency EFE reported. Read more »


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