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Public information requests are an alternative for investigating drug trafficking in Mexico

To cover the so-called "War on Drugs," Mexican journalists are using the public information law to uncover the dark worlds of drug trafficking and the State’s fight against it.

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Abraji records 174 cases of journalists being blocked by Brazilian authorities on Twitter

Can a politician who holds an important public office block a journalist on social media? This is an urgent debate for the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji)

Cuban journalist uses creativity to dig for information and maintain database for other media

In Cuba, not even the most basic statistics, such as macroeconomic indices, are available or reliable. And poor internet quality and limitations hinder deeper research. Still, data journalism lives on the island.

Presidente de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele. Foto: Carlos Barrera/El Faro. (Cortesía.)

Salvadoran journalists warn about lack of access to official sources and little tolerance for criticism from the new government

Since President Nayib Bukele took office on June 1, 2019, Salvadoran journalists in the country say public institutions and officials are increasingly less accessible as sources

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Puerto Rican investigative site that leaked chats, spurring protests and governor’s resignation, ‘never anticipated’ the outcome

The CPI published a report about leaked chat messages between governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, and his inner circle. The often-times crude messages led to massive citizen protests. Eleven days later, Rosselló announced he would resign.

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News sites in Venezuela report attacks on their servers and blocking of Twitter and SoundCloud

The blocking of news sites reporting on the ongoing social and political crisis in Venezuela continued as opposition leader Juan Guaidó returned to the country after a 10-day tour of the region seeking support to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Jornalistas Maria Vitória Ramos e Luiz Fernando Toledo, do Fiquem Sabendo (Cortesia).

Brazilian journalists create task force to obtain documents previously kept confidential by public agencies

Between June 2017 and May 2018, more than 73,000 documents were kept under secrecy by the Brazilian government, but there is little transparency regarding the reasons for doing so, according to the site Fiquem Sabendo.