In recent months, press freedom has faced a wave of judicial censorship in Brazil, with stories taken down, magazines recalled from newsstands and a documentary banned. These court rulings are in conflict with the Constitution, which experts say favors freedom of information, and prompt discussions about the need for new laws to protect journalists.
Over the course of 13 years, the daily newspaper faced the burden of political, economic, and judicial pressures, ultimately succumbing to additional shifting advertising trends and reader preferences. Its absence will leave a significant void in Bolivian media.
A legal action that could take Brazil's radio station Jovem Pan off the air has once again fueled the debate on the limits of free speech. The lawsuit accuses the station of disseminating content that undermined the electoral process, incited civil disobedience, and promoted a coup. Experts weigh in on the case, highlighting the compatibility of the prosecution's claims with Brazilian legislation.
In the book "Pedophilia in the Church: An unprecedented dossier on abuse cases involving Catholic priests in Brazil," journalists Fábio Gusmão and Giampaolo Morgado Braga describe the first panorama of sexual abuse against children and adolescents by the clergy in the largest Catholic country in the world.
In the book "The man with the white shoes: The life of the inventor of the dog-eat-dog world on Brazilian TV," journalist Maurício Stycer sheds light on the professional trajectory, personal history and innovations introduced by Jacinto Figueira Júnior, better known as The man with the white shoes. Stycer, a renowned TV critic in Brazil, explores the emergence of sensationalism, shock and amazement as central production values of TV journalism in the country.
To address the relentless violence and threats against journalists in Mexico, the human rights NGO Propuesta Cívica [Civic Proposal] established the Tejidos Solidarios [Weaving Solidarity] network. This initiative employs a unique methodology to provide psycho-emotional and legal support to the families of murdered and missing journalists. Additionally, it aims to honor their memory.
Peru's parliamentarians launched various attacks to restrict press freedom, and journalist associations are resisting as best they can. A controversial bill may fail in Congress, but other threatening initiatives remain under discussion, reflecting deteriorating democratic conditions in the country.
The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee published a report on the payment for journalistic content by digital platforms. The study traces an overview of the Brazilian debate and identifies the positions of the actors involved, as well as discusses regulatory frameworks in other countries.
El Salvador's most acclaimed newspaper relocated its administrative and legal departments to Costa Rica, due to harassment and government surveillance. However, its journalists remain in the country. Co-founder Carlos Dada told LJR how the move allows them to continue doing their investigative work, while expressing concerns over authoritarianism and potential criminalization of journalists.
In a panel at UT Austin, four Venezuelan journalists recounted their experiences of persecution and survival during two and a half decades in a country that is no longer a democracy, where print newspapers are lacking and the official media have become hegemonic.