The Chapultepec Index of Freedom of Expression and Press shows the evolution of the indicators of freedom in the practice of journalism between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The Executive Branch appears to be most influential in unfavorable situations for the press in the Americas.
Brazil is where a growing aversion to the news is worst, as 54% of Brazilians avoid the news, well above the world average of 38%. In Argentina, 46% now say they avoid news content. The other countries in the region surveyed were Chile (38%), Colombia (38%), Mexico (37%), and Peru (37%).
Brazilian journalist Rubens Valente participated in the "5 questions” section of the LatAm Journalism Review (LJR). In the interview, he talks about the conviction that forces him to pay USD 70,000 to a justice of the Supreme Court. "Its effect was that it provoked the worst censorship of all: self-censorship”, Valente said.
LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) heard from friends, co-workers and family of Brazilian journalist Tim Lopes, murdered on June 2, 2002. The case provoked profound changes in news companies, with the implementation of security measures and the reduction of coverage in at-risk areas. However, Brazilian journalists feel as vulnerable now, if not more so, than they did 20 years ago.
Inspired by a global trend, media labs are beginning to emerge within news organizations in Latin America to develop innovative journalism-oriented thinking, accelerate the application of technology, seek solutions to problems, and have an impact.
The Northeast region is the second most populous in Brazil, but has the lowest GDP per capita. Despite the economic limitations, independent journalistic initiatives are multiplying in the nine states of the Northeast and are capable of having an impact even with restricted resources.
Among other measures to curb the spread of fake news, the bill stipulates the remuneration of journalistic organizations by large technology platforms. Proposal divides Brazilian journalists.
Major newspapers such as the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle have embraced the podcast as a way to engage readers and reach new audiences. The newly released Insider's The Refresher uses new technology to deliver fresh and up-to-date podcast news. At the same time, social audio platforms such as the Clubhouse present themselves as undiscovered opportunities for journalism.
The panel “Lessons and innovative cases,” of the 15th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism, brought together journalists, directors and editors from Latin America to present effective models that emerge from the coming together of technological tools and good journalism.
The panel “Subsidies and Regulation: How Government Initiatives Can Affect Journalism and the Digital Media Ecosystem” discussed concrete cases of public policies designed to encourage journalism in the United States and Canada.