Since Nov. 1, demonstrations by Bolsonaro supporters questioned election results by blocking national and interstate highways with trucks and tractors. Journalists covering the events were assaulted and intimidated while exercising press freedom. LatAm Journalism Review interviewed two journalists on the ground. Both suffered incidents and intimidation and told us about their experiences in the field.
The 'Disarming Disinformation' series of master classes was held on Nov. 17 and 18. Craig Silverman (Propublica), Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de S. Paulo), Claire Wardle (Brown University), and Giannina Segnini (Columbia University) made up the 'dream team' of instructors. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the classes and presents a summary of the most important points discussed.
Brazilian journalists have lived through years of violence, persecution and exhaustion under outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro. Amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, this stressful environment helped Brazilian journalism make strides, but also exposed its inconsistencies.
The "No fue el fuego" [It wasn’t the fire] special, winner of the Gabo 2022 Award for Coverage, achieves a harmonious convergence of different formats in a transmedia investigation of a fire in which 41 girls lost their lives in Guatemala.
During the pandemic, community journalists and doctors from local clinics warned that the official figures did not reflect the reality of the number of Covid 19 cases in the favelas. LabJaca, the data and information journalism laboratory, was born in the pandemic in the favela of Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to inform the population there.
Guatemalan journalist Michelle Mendoza, a CNN correspondent, has been in exile for six months after years of being harassed and threatened because of her journalism. Even while outside of Guatemala, she continues to receive calls and messages with the intention of intimidating her and keeping her from returning. In this interview, she discusses her situation and the harassment she has suffered.
Faced with the recent escalation of attacks on freedoms of the press and expression in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, journalists from these countries have come together to create the Red Centroamericana de Periodistas [Central American Network of Journalists]. Guatemalan Marielos Monzón, one of the Network’s founders, spoke to LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) about the goals and lines of work of this initiative in defense of journalism and the citizens’ right to be informed.
During the LATAM Festival of Digital Media and Journalism, journalists from Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela shared how they go around the opacity and hostility of their governments. They agreed that the lack of transparency and access to information can cost human lives.
Journalists, communicators, and researchers have created COLO - Coletivo de Jornalismo Infantojuvenil [Children and Youth Journalism Collective] - to organize and strengthen the market for news content for children and adolescents in Brazil. Acting together, the group wants to overcome prejudice against journalism created for children and teenagers in newsrooms and the advertising market.
Venezuela has been subjected to a dismantling of its media ecosystem in recent decades. During the year 2022, at least 95 radio stations have been closed in the country, Zulia state being the most affected. These closures seriously undermine citizens' right to know and the conditions to practice journalism.
One journalist murdered, another shot at and another arrested and beaten by the police are the latest victims of a wave of violence against the press in Haiti, a country where eight journalists have been killed so far this year. At the same time, the social-political crisis and poverty are slowly suffocating the Haitian media.
As part of the 2022 Gabo Festival, which returned to its in-person version this year and made its debut at its new venue in Bogota, Colombia, several awards were presented to outstanding journalistic works from around the region. On Oct. 21, the 2022 Recognition of Excellence Gabo Award was presented to Mexican writer, journalist, chronicler, and critic Juan Villoro for his renowned and extensive career.