Collective of women journalists from Cuba seeks to raise funds to create a shelter and provide protection to journalists who face police and judicial harassment from the Cuban State, for practicing their profession as independent journalists.
Peruvian journalist Christopher Acosta received a two-year suspended prison sentence in a trial for aggravated defamation and crimes against honor. The plaintiff is businessman and former presidential candidate César Acuña, on whom Acosta bases his journalistic investigation in the book "Plata como cancha."
Journalists in the Peruvian capital faced a record number of 105 cases of assault while carrying out their work, especially during the months of presidential election campaigns that were infused with a high social, political and media polarization.
The number of journalists murdered decreased in 2021 compared to 2020 worldwide. However, Mexico remains the most lethal country for journalists in the region, with 3 confirmed cases and 6 unconfirmed cases of journalists killed for their profession, according to the annual census of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Journalists, editors and academics from Brazil, India, the United States and the United Kingdom identified that one of the great factors that erodes trust in the news is the way its content works on social and messaging platforms such as Facebook, Google and WhatsApp, on which they have no control over, according to a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
After statements from Peruvian President Pedro Castillo that he will not give state advertising money to media that misrepresent the facts, several press freedom organizations in the country highlighted that state contracting is the responsibility of the State, not the president. State contracting should not turn into political rewards or punishments.
A Peruvian court has sentenced Alberto Fujimori's former presidential adviser, Vladimiro Montesinos, to 17 years in prison for the abduction of Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti in April 1992. The journalist said that, although he believes the sentence to be fair, it ended up being a very long process.
The online news portal Voces en Libertad was created to fight censorship imposed by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. It allows for collaboration among independent news outlets, existing and emerging, so they can continue informing and telling Nicaragua’s stories.
The Salvadoran Legislative Assembly is expected to approve the Foreign Agents Law that would impose a 40 percent tax on all financial transactions of the country’s social and journalistic organizations, mostly critical and independent, which receive funds from abroad.
Journalists who become targets in polarized societies must support each other, persevere in doing investigative journalism, and always check the information in their stories, concluded participants in the panel “Polarization: Challenges for Journalists who Become Targets in Polarized Societies,” which was part of the event “Journalism in Times of Polarization and Disinformation in Latin America.”