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Plenary Assembly of Ecuador will study reforms to the country's controversial Communications Law

Ecuador’s Organic Law of Communication (LOC, for its initials in Spanish), considered by press freedom organizations as the most repressive law of the continent, could be reformed before the end of 2018.

Mexican people protesting

Mexican protection mechanism for journalists set to run out of funding, spurring press advocates to action

The Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists will run out of funding at the end of September, mobilizing press advocates to demand the federal government guarantee resources for the program to continue.

Special Rapporteurs David Kaye (UN) and Edison Lanza (IACHR)

UN, IACHR: Aggression against journalists is the most direct and significant threat against freedom of expression in Mexico

While Mexico is preparing for the general elections on July 1, the recent joint report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations (UN) urges the country’s government to guarantee the safety of journalists covering the electoral process as they are vulnerable to threats and physical aggression by political actors and third parties.

La periodista Carmen Aristegui visitó UT Austin en 2016 para dar una charla sobre la democracia en México.

Mexican federal court confirms dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui was illegal

Three years after she was taken off the air, a Mexican federal court ruled that the dismissal of Carmen Aristegui from the MVS radio group was illegal.

Congreso de la República del Peru (via Flickr).

Peruvian Congress approves controversial law that prohibits State from buying official advertising in private media

The Peruvian Congress ratified Law 2133, which prohibits official advertising in private media outlets, during the night of June 14. Advocates say it will curb public spending, but critics say it is a form of indirect censorship against media.

Congreso de la República del Perú, Lima, Peru [CC BY 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Peruvian Congress may approve bill prohibiting state advertising in private media

This week, the Plenary of the Peruvian Congress may approve a controversial law that prohibits state advertising in private media.

UNESCO Report, “Schools for Judges: Lessons in Freedom of Information and Expression from (and for) Latin America’s courtrooms"

UNESCO report highlights Knight Center online courses among its initiatives to train judges in Latin America

Five years after its implementation, UNESCO's project to train judges, prosecutors and other judicial operators in Latin America on freedom of expression and access to information has become the most ambitious judicial training program in the region and has led to concrete results in the courts

Manuel Durán Ortega from El Salvador in the U.S.

Emergency deportation suspended for Salvadoran journalist detained by ICE two months ago in the U.S.

The Board of Immigration Appeals accepted the emergency suspension of the imminent deportation of Salvadoran journalist Manuel Durán, who since April 5 has been held in Louisiana detention centers belonging to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service.