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Webinar “Legal challenges for the protection of freedom of expression in times of COVID-19.”

Experts discuss freedom of expression during COVID-19 during Knight Center, UNESCO and Rapporteur webinar

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the IACHR; Ricardo Pérez Manrique, judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Joan Barata, Spanish expert; and Guilherme Canela, head of UNESCO's section on Freedom of Expression and Security of Journalists talked during the webinar “Legal challenges for the protection of freedom of expression in times of COVID-19.”

Blog ‘Journalism in the Americas’ enters recess and will soon return as Knight Center’s ‘LatAm Journalism Review’

The Knight Center’s 17-year-old trilingual blog and weekly newsletter will enter a brief recess in anticipation of its return in a new format – a stand-alone publication called LatAm Journalism Review, with improved, enhanced and innovative coverage of journalism and press freedom issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Satirical sites in Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Spain join in cross-border initiative to tackle pandemic

Journalists from Spain, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina work together to start a Satirical International alliance. The opportunity came later with the pandemic and the wave of false news surrounding the new coronavirus.

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Mexican journalist under government protection is killed in armed attack

Journalist Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos, director of the outlet Medios Obson, was killed in an armed attack in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, on May 16, according to information published by the state attorney general.

Still time to join journalists from 160 countries: Register for a free online course on coverage of the pandemic

More than 8,300 people have enrolled so far in the massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center that focuses on how journalists can effectively cover the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is still open.

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Brazilian institute creates journalism web series focused on media literacy

In the face of attacks on journalists and attempts to discredit the press, Instituto Palavra Aberta launched a web series to explain to the lay public how journalism works.

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Mexican newspaper Reforma threatened for coverage of president and his management of COVID-19

Mexican newspaper Reforma released an audio recording in which a man who claims to be from an organized crime group threatened to “blow up” its newsroom if it did not stop criticizing the Mexican president.

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Podcasts emerge to educate and empower Latin American communities about COVID-19

While the pandemic becomes part of people’s daily lives all around the world, media outlets and individuals are creating podcasts to educate their communities about COVID-19.

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Brazilian journalist shot and killed during interview in the state of Rio de Janeiro

Journalist Leonardo Pinheiro was killed while conducting an interview on the afternoon of May 13 in the municipality of Araruama in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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Journalist volunteers profile COVID-19 victims in Brazil; project inspires newspaper cover and tribute on TV

The collaborative project Inumeráveis (Innumerable) can be summarized in a sentence: "There is no one who likes to be a number, people deserve to exist in prose.” The virtual memorial aims to tell the stories behind the COVID-19 numbers in Brazil, with profiles of the victims written by volunteers. "We wake up every day with a new […]

Online Journalism Awards opens entries for 2020 edition with new categories

The Online News Association has opened entries for its annual contest, the Online Journalism Awards (OJA). Deadline to apply is June 4.

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Latin American journalists face mass layoffs and lack of health protection to cover the COVID-19 pandemic

Journalists in Latin America are being hit by unemployment, the lack of protective sanitary equipment from their employers and the general precariousness of their situation.