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Setbacks and victories in press freedom, plus lessons from innovative projects in Latin America: A look back at the most important stories of 2021

As we finish 2021 and enter a new year, the LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) team takes our annual look at the most interesting and important stories we covered this year.

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Journalists and data experts in Latin America debate the lack of resources and tools in Spanish

It is not easy to get updated resources and tools on the web about data journalism in Spanish. Just look at the results in Google in English on the subject that almost triple those in the Spanish language. Books, workshops, tools, and even podcasts and newsletters on data journalism tend to be created first in […]

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Guatemalan provincial and rural journalists face a ‘desolate and desperate’ situation to inform communities

While legal harassment of well-known Guatemala City journalists José Rubén Zamora, publisher of the daily elPeriódico, and Juan Luis Font of the broadcast analysis program Con Criterio have made international news in recent months, less well-known are attacks against vulnerable journalists who live away from the capital—in provincial cities and in the rural areas of […]

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Bolsonaro's third year in office ends with renewed accusations of hostility toward the press and a petition before the Supreme Court

A physical assault on reporters covering President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the state of Bahia has renewed accusations that the leader’s own words and actions, as well as those of his family and supporters, have fostered a hostile environment for the press. On Dec. 12, his security team and supporters attacked reporters from TV Bahia who […]

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Media's lack of control over content on social platforms continues to be a challenge for their reputation and audience's trust, study says

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.

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Journalists need more preparation and guarantees to safely cover violent street protests in Latin America, experts say

The spike of public protests that sometimes turned violent has not been met with enough preparation by Latin American journalists who find themselves in the midst of confrontations, experts say.

Journalist Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean

The following reports are part of a LatAm Journalism Review project on journalist safety in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is funded by UNESCO's Global Media Defence Fund. The stories focus on prevention of aggressions against journalists in the context of protests and violent conflict; the development of mechanisms to protect journalists from harm […]

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Six journalists remain in prison in Latin America as the freedom of expression crisis worsens in the region, according to CPJ report

Pese a que en América Latina la cifra de periodistas en prisión es relativamente baja, el CPJ advirtió que en 2021 se registró un preocupante deterioro en la situación de la libertad de prensa en la región al considerar otros indicadores.

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Ten years after the access to information law’s approval, Brazil is experiencing ‘stagnation with signs of setback,’ study says

Ten years after the enactment of the Access to Information Law, an analysis by the organization Transparência Brasil says the quality of the federal government’s response to requests for information made between 2019 and 2021 has gotten worse.

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State advertising in media should be a technical, not political issue, organizations say in reaction to Peruvian president's position

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.

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Sexual harassment is a constant for more than half of women journalists in Venezuela, according to report

The main finding of the report "Sexual harassment against journalists in Venezuela," from the Network of Venezuelan Women Journalists, is that 45 percent of those surveyed claimed to have suffered sexual harassment, bullying or aggression in the workplace. 

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In Brazil, women journalists receive more than twice as many insults on Twitter than male colleagues

A new study in Brazil found that women journalists receive more than twice as many insults on their Twitter profiles as their male counterparts. In the survey, it was found that users who launch attacks against journalists try to delegitimize women’s intellectual capacity to exercise the profession and silence the press, point out professionals' physical features to divert attention from the topics addressed and disseminate false information about them.