Press Freedom

Black and white photograph capturing the moment of the bombing of La Moneda Palace, the seat of the Chilean government, during the 1973 military coup. Smoke and debris are visible, symbolizing a pivotal and tragic moment in Chilean history.

‘My September 11’: On 50th anniversary of coup in Chile, journalists remember living through start of dictatorship

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Chile, a reissued book offers firsthand accounts from journalists who faced bombings, arrests, and censorship as they struggled to report during that fateful day. The work aims to combat "collective amnesia" about a pivotal event that changed Chile forever.

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Remembering the journalistic legacy of slain Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio

A key figure in both Ecuadorian journalism and politics, 'Don Villa' earned his reputation through fearless investigative journalism, opening the way to high-profile convictions that included former President Rafael Correa. His fusion of activism with journalistic rigor drew a spectrum of responses, ranging from admiration to critical scrutiny.

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Politicians and public officials are main source of attacks on journalists' reputations, report says

Journalists' reputations are under attack. The study 'Not just words: How reputational attacks harm journalists and undermine press freedom' found that most journalists surveyed globally suffered reputational damage at least once a month.

Smear campaigns, the growing threat against journalists in Honduras

Journalists, media and even human rights defenders in Honduras have been the target of smear campaigns in recent months that they denounce are putting them in a situation of greater vulnerability. International organizations and journalists also analyze this as a strategy to silence the work they do.

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'What we journalists have to confront the most at the moment is people’s distrust,' says leader of Peruvian journalists' association

The president of the National Association of Journalists of Peru, Zuliana Lainez, talked about the current situation of independent journalism in Latin America, the persistent judicial harassment against the press, and the current crisis of confidence in the media in Peru.

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Media on the Brazil-Bolivia border: Journalistic collaboration and service to the local community

Journalists from Bolivia and Brazil talk about their collaboration while covering drug trafficking and migration on the border between the two countries. LJR also interviewed Diário Corumbaense from the Brazilian border city of Corumbá to report on the news service it provides to the inhabitants of its local community.

CPJ report on press freedom situation in Ecuador reveals ‘an unsettling crisis’

On June 28, the Committee to Protect Journalists presented its report "Ecuador on edge: Political paralysis and spiking crime pose new threats to press freedom," which describes the current crisis facing journalism in the country.

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4 things you should know about Cuba's new Social Communication Law

The Cuban regime signed into law a bill that seeks to regulate the media ecosystem on the island and to continue restricting freedom of expression of independent news outlets. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) summarizes the four most important points regarding the approval of this new social communication law.

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Press freedom organizations condemn sentence of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, voice concerns about other open court cases

In view of the six-year prison sentence against journalist José Rubén Zamora for the alleged crime of money laundering, international and national organizations voiced their concern for the general situation of journalists in Guatemala, the weakening of its democracy, and for Zamora himself, who has at least two other open court cases against him.

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Meet the journalists defying a widening crackdown on press freedom in Guatemala

After the arrest of José Rúben Zamora and the closure of elPeriódico — the newspaper he founded and ran —, several news outlets are defying government pressure and working together on investigations and fact-checking in Guatemala. Four journalists tell us how they continue to defend independent journalism in the country.