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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 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:

Violence against women journalists increases in the Americas, according to the IACHR

Women journalists are "twice as likely to be victims of violence" in the Americas for exercising their right to freedom of expression and for reasons of gender. This is according to the report "Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression,” published March 8 by Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


With 99% impunity for crimes against journalists, organization says Mexican justice system is flawed

The worrisome figures of violence against the press in Mexico – pointed out by various organizations as one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism – become even more dramatic when taking into account levels of impunity in those cases. According to the organization Article 19 Mexico, impunity for crimes against journalists in the country remains at 99.13 percent, that is, "almost absolute" impunity. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist released from detention, charged with public incitement and prohibited from leaving country

Update (March 13): Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Díaz has been charged with public incitement, but was released from detention on the evening of March 12, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público.

He cannot leave the country and must appear before the courts every eight days, the organizaton added. Additionally, he is not allowed to talk publicly about the case. Read more »


Journalists working in Venezuela suffer detentions, attacks and blocking of internet sites as crisis worsens

As the sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela deepens and President Nicolás Maduro fights to remain in power, journalists in the country are targeted by assaults, detentions, thefts of their work material and blocking of their internet sites and television channels. Read more »


UNESCO celebrates World Radio Day to honor the medium that seeks 'a more peaceful and tolerant world'

Under the theme "Dialogue, tolerance and peace," the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is once again leading the celebration of World Radio Day on Feb. 13 to highlight the importance of the radio in its search for a "more peaceful and tolerant world." Read more »


Increased internet access and insecurity for journalists among media trends in Latin America, according to UNESCO

The inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean have seen an increase in access to content on digital platforms in the last six years, according to the report "World trends in freedom of expression and media development: regional overview of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017/2018.”

The report analyzes trends in the region and how they affect freedom of expression, pluralism and media independence, as well as the safety of journalists. Read more »


Manager of Colombian public media system presents his resignation after complaints of censorship

After a little more than 24 hours of controversy created in Colombia after the publication of an audio recording in which the manager of the country’s Public Media System (RCTV) is heard looking for options to remove a program whose presenter criticized a government bill, Juan Pablo Bieri presented his resignation to the Colombian president. Read more »


Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Chamorro goes into exile in Costa Rica as repression of the press grows in his country

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, one of the most important journalists in Nicaragua, and founder and editor of the magazine Confidencial, decided to go into exile in Costa Rica as repression of the independent press grows in his country, as he announced on Jan. 20. Read more »


Attacks on the press in Ecuador decreased by 52% during 2018, according to annual report from Fundamedios

Attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador decreased by 52 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to the annual report from Fundamedios. The organization recorded 144 attacks from January to December 2018, while in 2017 there were 297 cases. Read more »


Ecuador’s National Assembly eliminates controversial sanctioning body with reforms to Communications Law

After a second and final debate, on Dec. 18, Ecuador's National Assembly approved reforms to the country’s Communication Law (LOC, for its acronym in Spanish), indicated by experts as the most repressive on the continent. Read more »


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