The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has partnered with Univision News to create investigative video stories aimed at Spanish speakers in the United States and Latin America, according to LA Observed.
In a new report from the Knight Foundation examining digital training and continuing education in newsrooms, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was noted for its especially highly rated online distance learning program that in 2010 and 2011 trained more than 2,500 Latin American and Caribbean journalists, most of whom said they used their training and were likely to recommend it, and that the online training was as good as or better than traditional in-person training.
On Wednesday, July 18, Prosecutors sought a 15-year jail sentence for Cuban journalist José Antonio Torres who wrote a scathing investigative piece critical of an aqueduct construction project in the city of Santiago, according to the Miami Herald.
The online news site Plaza Pública (Public Square), created in early 2011 to bring a "more independent, less superficial" journalism to Guatemala, is aimed at exploring the relations between power and economy, and power and organized crime.
A Salvadoran journalist who fled his country after receiving threats is facing deportation since his U.S. asylum application was denied, reported the Associated Press on Thursday, July 5.
The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to review the Caribbean nation's criminal defamation laws, according to the International Press Institute (IPI).
To mark World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its latest report showing 57 journalists were forced into exile between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012. Most of the exiled journalists (seven) came from Somalia, and most (15) fled to the United States. More than half (58 percent) went into exile because of the threat of violence, and 46 percent were exiled because of the threat of imprisonment.
In its biannual Global Transparency Report, Google reported that in the past six months, the Internet giant has received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to take down information, whether YouTube videos or search listings, according to CNET. This "alarming" level of steadily increasing government censorship included 187 requests from the U.S. government to remove 6,192 pieces of content, 42 percent of which Google complied with, Google said. That's a 103 percent increase over the previous six-
Six years after U.S. Indymedia cameraman Brad Will was shot to death in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mexican authorities have announced the arrest of a former public education employee, Lenin Osorio Ortega, charged with killing Will, reported Milenio. Still, media monitoring groups like Reporters Without Borders remain suspicious about who really killed Will, who was shot while covering a Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) protest on Oct. 27, 2006.
Beyond recognizing the serious crisis of safety and security for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean, the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas, served as a platform to launch ideas about how to solve the problem of insecurity. The largest ever Forum, with more than 70 participants representing the Caribbean and most countries in the Americas, was themed "Safety and Protection for Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizen Journalists."