With the murder of Pedro Pablo Kumul on Nov. 21 in Veracruz, at least 17 members of the press have been murdered in Mexico in 2022. Journalists and organizations demand justice and agree that only the correct administration of justice can stop the bloody wave that threatens journalism in that country.
On Nov. 30, the Association of American Publishers awarded the International Freedom to Publish/ Jeri Laber Award to Editorial Dahbar. LJR spoke with its founder Sergio Dahbar about his career and the challenges faced by the journalistic and publishing industry in Venezuela.
Oct. 31 was the official launch of the Southern Hemisphere Climate Database, a tool created by Carbon Brief and the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. It seeks to support journalists in their work to diversify expert voices on climate change in the media.
Brazilian journalist Fabiana Moraes has in recent years honed her sharp critique of the coverage of Brazilian politics and society. She talked to LatAm Journalism Review about her new book, "A pauta é uma arma de combate" [The article is a combat weapon], in which she proposes a subjective journalism and talks about "how journalism can oppose scenarios of the destruction of people’s humanity."
Using satellite imagery and geo-referencing, following the trail of trafficking networks and taking care for the safety of journalist and sources are techniques that journalists Yvette Sierra of Mongabay, Joseph Poliszuk of Armando.Info and freelancer Hyury Potter have applied in their investigations of illegal mining in Latin America.
Since Nov. 1, demonstrations by Bolsonaro supporters questioned election results by blocking national and interstate highways with trucks and tractors. Journalists covering the events were assaulted and intimidated while exercising press freedom. LatAm Journalism Review interviewed two journalists on the ground. Both suffered incidents and intimidation and told us about their experiences in the field.
The 'Disarming Disinformation' series of master classes was held on Nov. 17 and 18. Craig Silverman (Propublica), Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de S. Paulo), Claire Wardle (Brown University), and Giannina Segnini (Columbia University) made up the 'dream team' of instructors. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the classes and presents a summary of the most important points discussed.
Brazilian journalists have lived through years of violence, persecution and exhaustion under outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro. Amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, this stressful environment helped Brazilian journalism make strides, but also exposed its inconsistencies.
The "No fue el fuego" [It wasn’t the fire] special, winner of the Gabo 2022 Award for Coverage, achieves a harmonious convergence of different formats in a transmedia investigation of a fire in which 41 girls lost their lives in Guatemala.
During the pandemic, community journalists and doctors from local clinics warned that the official figures did not reflect the reality of the number of Covid 19 cases in the favelas. LabJaca, the data and information journalism laboratory, was born in the pandemic in the favela of Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to inform the population there.
Guatemalan journalist Michelle Mendoza, a CNN correspondent, has been in exile for six months after years of being harassed and threatened because of her journalism. Even while outside of Guatemala, she continues to receive calls and messages with the intention of intimidating her and keeping her from returning. In this interview, she discusses her situation and the harassment she has suffered.
Faced with the recent escalation of attacks on freedoms of the press and expression in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, journalists from these countries have come together to create the Red Centroamericana de Periodistas [Central American Network of Journalists]. Guatemalan Marielos Monzón, one of the Network’s founders, spoke to LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) about the goals and lines of work of this initiative in defense of journalism and the citizens’ right to be informed.