New initiative brings together organizations of journalists and communicators to receive reports of threats, attacks and violations of press freedom in Brazil. Coordinated by the Vladimir Herzog Institute and by Article 19, the Network for the Protection of Journalists and Communicators has an online reporting tool and will offer training and protection courses to improve journalistic practice in the country.
Cuban independent journalist Yoel Acosta Gámez is one of the first to be fined under the new Decree-Law 35, which regulates telecommunications services on the island but, in practice, tightens control over the use of the internet and social media.
Innovative project of four Brazilian journalism outlets expands content distribution in the periphery and favelas while helping to increase revenue for newsrooms. Initially launched in São Paulo, the initiative installed 25 screens in commercial establishments with up to 800,000 visitors each month.
The mission of the Network of Journalists for Diversity in Communication is to increase the representation of Black journalists in Brazilian media. Formed in 2018, initially through a group on WhatsApp to share job opportunities among Black journalists, the network has evolved to establish partnerships with human resources companies and international organizations and now has more than 200 journalists.
Seventy stories and still counting. This is the main result of an ongoing struggle waged since 2017 for the disclosure of all pension and retirement payments from the Brazilian government. On the front line is Fiquem Sabendo, a journalism agency specializing in the country’s Freedom of Information Act.
Globally, trust in the news grew six percentage points and reached 44 percent, according to the 2021 Digital News Report, by the Reuters Institute. In the six Latin American countries investigated, however, general trust in the news is lower, reaching an average of 40.5 percent. In the region, confidence is lowest in Argentina and Chile (36%) and highest in Brazil (54%).
A decision by the Supreme Court of Brazil recognized the right to compensation in the case of a photojournalist who was blinded after being hit by a rubber bullet 21 years ago. The sentence potentially opens the door for other journalists who have been injured in similar situations and are fighting for their rights to be recognized.
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).