6,600,000 Argentines, equivalent to 16.7 percent of the population, live in places where there is no independent press outlet, that is, in news deserts, according to a study by FOPEA.
The third installment of the LJR glossary of journalistic expressions introduces words and terms such as bastidor, trascendió, vazamento, leak, filtración, trial balloon, borrego and rowback, among others
After two years of relative stability, attacks on journalists jumped 41 percent in Argentina last year and reached 82 incidents. In 2019, 58 attacks were recorded, while there were 51 in 2018. Data are from the 2020 Monitoring of Freedom of Expression Report, from the Forum of Argentine Journalists (FOPEA, for its acronym in Spanish).
The two largest newspapers in Brazil are in an open dispute for market leadership and they both call themselves leaders, but use different criteria and numbers to reach this conclusion.
Government harassment against journalists has become a trend in Latin American countries, with leaders often using the strength of state institutions, such as the judiciary and police, to discredit and even silence the press.
Spanish journalist Javier Moreno, currently editor-in-chief of newspaper El País, opened the 14th edition of the Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism. In a conversation with Rosental Alves, director and founder of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Moreno spoke about the first year of operation of the newspaper’s paywall and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on journalism. He also gave a piece of advice to his colleagues in Latin America: "do not despair.”
The global press freedom ranking by NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) confirmed a perceived trend in Latin America: a general worsening of conditions for the exercise of journalism on the continent. Of the 24 countries in the region analyzed, 19 lost points in the RSF survey.
The Brazilian Press Association filed two lawsuits with the Federal Supreme Court to curb the abuse of lawsuits against journalists. The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism launched a program to provide legal support to independent journalists targeted by lawsuits.
In Paraguay, 19 journalists have been murdered in the last 30 years, but few cases have been solved. The Bureau for the Safety of Journalists in Paraguay calls for effective measures to protect and prevent crimes against journalists.
Panel on racial and ethnic diversity in journalism discussed topics such as representation and coverage of racial issues in Latin America.