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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:

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 »


Cuban journalist Serafín Morán granted asylum in the United States

After an almost four-hour hearing, a judge in the state of Texas, U.S., granted asylum to Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago, who had been detained since last April, according to the freedom of the press organization Fundamedios USA. Read more »


Judge acquits Chilean journalist Javier Rebolledo, sued for defamation by former Army official

Chilean journalist Javier Rebolledo Escobar was acquitted of the crime of defamation (injurias graves con publicidad) after being accused by a former Army official sentenced for crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), news agency EFE reported. Read more »


Journalist Claudia Julieta Duque presents her case against Colombia before the IACHR

Due to the various attacks against journalist Claudia Julieta Duque and her daughter, María Alejandra Gómez, since 2001, the women presented their case against Colombia before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this Oct. 1, according to the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


Colombian judge rules in favor of columnist after prosecutor files legal action seeking rectification

A Colombian judge denied a tutela – a judicial recourse in the country to restore fundamental rights – filed by prosecutor Daniel Hernández against journalist María Jimena Duzán because of an opinion column, Semana magazine reported. Read more »


Colombian prosecutor files legal action against journalist; press organizations reject ‘judicial harassment’

After learning that a Colombian prosecutor had lodged a tutela – the country's judicial recourse to restore fundamental rights – against journalist María Jimena Duzán due to an opinion column, scandal broke out in the country as colleagues and press freedom organizations expressed their rejection of the use of this mechanism. Read more »


Plenary Assembly of Ecuador will study reforms to the country's controversial Communications Law

Ecuador’s Organic Law of Communication (LOC, for its initials in Spanish), considered by press freedom organizations as the most repressive law of the continent, could be reformed before the end of 2018. Read more »


IAPA awards the 2018 Press Freedom Grand Prize to independent journalism in Nicaragua

For "its professionalism and courage in the face of indiscriminate violence of the Daniel Ortega regime," the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) awarded the 2018 Press Freedom Grand Prize to independent journalism in Nicaragua, the organization announced on Sept. 5. Read more »


Judge denies bail to Cuban journalist seeking asylum in the U.S. who is being held by ICE

A Texas immigration judge denied bail to Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago, who has been in a detention center in that state since April 12 when he arrived in U.S. territory, according to the organization Fundamedios US. Read more »


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