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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:

Armando.info, recognized by the Cabot Prize, seeks to build great archive of corruption and human rights violations in Venezuela

The year 2014 undoubtedly set the stage for the current situation in Venezuela. In that year, there were massive protests that began in February and lasted until June, with a balance of 43 people killed, 878 wounded and 3,306 detained, including opposition leader Leopoldo López, according to information obtained by the Inter-American Commission on Rights Human (IACHR). Read more »


Javier Darío Restrepo, professor of journalism and reference of journalistic ethics in Ibero-America, dies

The journalist, writer, teacher and professor of ethics of the Gabo Foundation, Javier Darío Restrepo, died on Oct. 6 in Bogotá, Colombia, at the age of 87. Read more »


UNESCO and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights join forces to strengthen freedom of expression in the region

In search of improving efforts to protect freedoms of expression and of the press, and to strengthen the security of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 2. Read more »


Media outlets from Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and U.S. bring home 2019 Gabo Awards

In a traditional ceremony that celebrates the best of Ibero-American journalism, the 2019 Gabo Awards were presented on the night of Oct. 3 during the Gabo Festival held in Medellín, Colombia. Read more »


Nicaraguan journalists tell IACHR that the State has not complied with precautionary measures for their protection

At a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), journalists from Nicaragua denounced that the precautionary measures granted by that entity have not been complied with by the Nicaraguan State, a situation that places them at further risk. Representatives of the Nicaraguan State did not appear at the hearing. Read more »


Cuba among the countries with the highest levels of censorship in the world, according to CPJ report

Cuba is the only country in Latin America included in the list of 10 nations with the highest levels of censorship in the world, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Red PALTA is born to monitor the use of public money and public policies in Latin America

In addition to being an essential product of every family’s shopping basket for the vast majority of the Latin America population, milk also is part of many social assistance programs aimed at the most vulnerable populations in countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.  Read more »


CIPER launches membership campaign as its founder Mónica González wins the National Journalism Award of Chile

Just as the Center for Journalistic Investigation (CIPER) of Chile begins a new stage of financing through a membership model, its founder, journalist Mónica González, has won the most important journalism award in the country. Read more »


Colombian media team up to fact-check regional elections through RedCheq network

Unlike other Latin American countries, Colombia does not have presidential elections this year, but it will elect local representatives such as governors, mayors and council representatives, among other positions, on Oct. 27. As in the presidential elections, regional campaigns may be affected by the spread of false information. Read more »


Colombian court decision worries organizations who say it could establish prior censorship of news media

A ruling by the Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Cali, Colombia, against the newspaper El País generated concern among press freedom organizations that believe it could set a precedent for prior censorship in the country. Read more »


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