Silvia Higuera

Silvia A. Higuera Flórez is a Colombian journalist who has written for the Knight Center since 2012. She is interested in covering Latin American issues and human rights, especially the right to freedom of expression, and investigative journalism. She studied Social Communication and Journalism at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Bucaramanga (Colombia), and received her Master's of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She worked with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) under the Orlando Sierra fellowship during 2014. She also worked for the Colombian newspaper Vanguardia Liberal and wrote for different magazines about local, economic and public order issues. Her work has also appeared in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald of Miami. Email: silvia.knightcenter@gmail.com

Silvia A. Higuera Flórez es una periodista colombiana que trabaja para el Centro Knight desde el 2012. Su interés periodístico es América Latina y los derechos humanos, particularmente el derecho a la libertad de expresión, así como el periodismo de investigación. Estudió Comunicación Social – Periodismo en la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Bucaramanga (Colombia), y recibió su maestría en Periodismo en la Universidad de Texas, en Austin en 2015. Trabajó para la Relatoría Especial para la Libertad de Expresión de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) en el marco de la beca Orlando Sierra, durante 2014. También hizo parte del diario Vanguardia Liberal y escribió para otras revistas colombianas cubriendo fuentes locales, económicas y judiciales. Algunos de sus trabajos han aparecido en The Miami Herald y El Nuevo Herald de Miami.

Silvia A. Higuera Flórez é uma jornalista colombiana e escreve para o Centro Knight desde 2012. Seu interesse jornalístico é a América Latina e os direitos humanos, nomeadamente o direito à liberdade de expressão. Estudou Comunicação Social – Jornalismo na Universidade Pontifícia Bolivariana de Bucaramanga, na Colômbia e completou seu mestrado em jornalismo na Universidade do Texas em Austin. Silvia trabalhou na Relatoria para a Liberdade de Expressão da CIDH pela bolsa Orlando Sierra, em 2014. Trabalhou para o jornal Vanguardia Liberal e escreveu para outras revistas colombianas cobrindo temas locais, econômicas e judiciárias. Alguns de seus trabalhos apareceram no The Miami Herald e no El Nuevo Herald de Miami.

Recent Articles

Court sentences former intelligence official in case of torture against Colombian journalist Claudia Duque

A Superior Court of Colombia recently sentenced one of those involved in the case of aggravated torture against journalist Claudia Julieta Duque to 12 years in prison. The journalist said the sentence left a “bitter” taste because the convicted former intelligence official is on the run.

Almost five years after murder of Honduran journalist Gabriel Hernández, authorities still waiting for results of their investigations

The investigation into the murder of journalist Gabriel Hernández in Honduras has not made any progress in the nearly five years since he was killed. Lack of access to information as well as a failure to protect him before he was killed are questions before authorities.

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Colombian journalist Claudia Duque left without justice after 20-year fight against torture, threats and harassment

Over the past twenty years, Colombian journalist Claudia Duque has been targeted for her work. She’s been abducted, tortured, threatened, followed and surveilled. Justice for these crimes has been limited. Despite this, she continues to focus on her own journalistic investigations, mainly into crimes against other journalists.

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‘Empty promises’: Anniversary of murder of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo marks almost 9 years without major progress

On Jan. 2, 2015, Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was abducted from his home by armed men. Days later his body was found lifeless and with signs of torture. In the past almost nine years, his family has been dedicated to finding justice with different governments, without much success.

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‘It’s a complex region, but with a very vibrant press’: Carlos Lauría, executive director-elect of the Inter American Press Association

Argentine journalist Carlos Lauría will take over as executive director of the Inter American Press Association on Nov. 12. In an interview with LJR, he spoke about the challenges that lie ahead and his goals in supporting press freedom and media empowerment in the region.

Smear campaigns, the growing threat against journalists in Honduras

Journalists, media and even human rights defenders in Honduras have been the target of smear campaigns in recent months that they denounce are putting them in a situation of greater vulnerability. International organizations and journalists also analyze this as a strategy to silence the work they do.

Entre Ríos Museum, Colombia's proposal to make stories silenced by violence visible through art, science and journalism

In addition to thousands of victims, Colombia's armed conflict has also left a trail of silence and invisible stories in different regions of the country. Through a project that combines art, science and journalism, reporter Ginna Morelo and the Entre Ríos Museo team seek to rescue Colombia's collective memory.

Featured Webinar Violencias de Género

Coverage of gender-based violence has made some progress, but there is room for improvement, said panelists

The third webinar of the second series organized by the Network for Diversity in Latin American Journalism offered ideas to improve coverage of gender-based violence without revictimizing or seeking approaches that can prevent it. Journalists Lydiette Carrión and Leila Mesyngier, moderated by Pilar Cuartas, offered best practices.

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Through stories that address social problems, Human Journalism Network puts a new face on the media

The Human Journalism Network, a platform created by Red/Acción from Argentina with the purpose of sharing stories that "portray how people and communities face our most urgent social problems," finished its Global Edition. Fourteen news outlets from different countries joined forces for this edition and its success has them contemplating a third edition for 2024.

CPJ report on press freedom situation in Ecuador reveals ‘an unsettling crisis’

On June 28, the Committee to Protect Journalists presented its report "Ecuador on edge: Political paralysis and spiking crime pose new threats to press freedom," which describes the current crisis facing journalism in the country.