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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

On the initiative of journalists’ association, political parties in Uruguay to sign a pact against misinformation

All political parties with representation in the Uruguayan parliament are set to sign an Ethical Pact against misinformation on April 26. The initiative was born of the Uruguayan Press Association (APU) with the purpose of politicians committing to "not generate or promote false news or disinformation campaigns to the detriment of adversaries" in the next electoral contest, reported Observacom.

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Nicaraguan journalists explain their work and struggle in the midst of a sociopolitical crisis

In an emotional panel that at times resulted in tears from both speakers and attendees, journalists from Nicaragua explained to their Ibero-American colleagues the conditions in which journalism is done in that country within the framework of the 12th Ibero-American Colloquium of Digital Journalism that took place on April 14 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Organization denounces judicial harassment against Colombian journalist and columnist Daniel Coronell

The Press Freedom Foundation (FLIP, for its initials in Spanish) denounced what it considered judicial harassment against Colombian journalist and columnist Daniel Coronell by the former president and current senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

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New edition of course on freedom of expression begins with more than 2,000 judicial operators from Ibero-America

A new edition of the free online course on International Legal Framework of freedom of expression, access to public information and protection of journalists began on April 1 with 2,126 judicial operators from Ibero-America.

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Violence against women journalists increases in the Americas, according to the IACHR

Women journalists are "twice as likely to be victims of violence" in the Americas for exercising their right to freedom of expression and for reasons of gender.

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With 99% impunity for crimes against journalists, organization says Mexican justice system is flawed

The worrisome figures of violence against the press in Mexico – pointed out by various organizations as one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism – become even more dramatic when taking into account levels of impunity in those cases.

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Venezuelan journalist released from detention, charged with public incitement and prohibited from leaving country

Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Díaz has been charged with public incitement, but was released from detention on the evening of March 12, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público.

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Journalists working in Venezuela suffer detentions, attacks and blocking of internet sites as crisis worsens

As the sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela deepens and President Nicolás Maduro fights to remain in power, journalists in the country are targeted by assaults, detentions, thefts of their work material and blocking of their internet sites and television channels.

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UNESCO celebrates World Radio Day to honor the medium that seeks 'a more peaceful and tolerant world'

Under the theme "Dialogue, tolerance and peace," the UNESCO is once again leading the celebration of World Radio Day on Feb. 13 to highlight the importance of the radio in its search for a "more peaceful and tolerant world."

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Increased internet access and insecurity for journalists among media trends in Latin America, according to UNESCO

The report analyzes trends in the region and how they affect freedom of expression, pluralism and media independence, as well as the safety of journalists.