Press Freedom

O livro Índice Chapultepec de Liberdade de Expressão e Imprensa mostra a evolução dos indicadores de liberdade do exercício do jornalismo em 2019-2020 e 2020-2021. O poder Executivo aparece como o mais influente em situações desfavoráveis à imprensa nas Américas.

Executive Branch has the most negative influence on free speech in Latin America, according to Chapultepec Index

The Chapultepec Index of Freedom of Expression and Press shows the evolution of the indicators of freedom in the practice of journalism between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The Executive Branch appears to be most influential in unfavorable situations for the press in the Americas.

Five Questions to Rubens Valente

'Journalists are afraid to critically cover the Supreme Court because they fear consequences': 5 questions for Brazilian journalist Rubens Valente

Brazilian journalist Rubens Valente participated in the "5 questions” section of the LatAm Journalism Review (LJR). In the interview, he talks about the conviction that forces him to pay USD 70,000 to a justice of the Supreme Court. "Its effect was that it provoked the worst censorship of all: self-censorship”, Valente said.

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Reforms to the Cuban Criminal Code intensify the repression against journalism and criminalize foreign financing of independent media

Amendments approved this month by Cuba's National Assembly, which hinder foreign funding and imprison anyone who slanders public officials, provide the Cuban regime with legal tools to justify its attacks on independent press coverage.

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The state of freedom of expression in Uruguay is on alert due to an increase in threats and restrictions

Although Uruguay has been considered a benchmark for freedom of expression, the eighth monitoring report by the Center for Archives and Access to Public Information (Cainfo) recorded a 40 percent increase over the previous year in cases of threats and restrictions on journalists. There has been an increase in the number of cases for the third consecutive year and regressive legal reforms in terms of human rights and freedom of expression.

Jornalista Rubens Valente, sentado, falando enquanto segura um microfone de mesa

Case of Brazilian journalist Rubens Valente reveals new censorship and puts press freedom at risk

“It is an attack on freedom of expression and information,” journalist Rubens Valente said. The Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil ruled that Valente has to compensate Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes because of information contained in Valente’s book “Operação Banqueiro.”

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Law to enhance protection of Salvadoran journalists stuck in congress while attacks increase

In 2018, the Association of Journalists of El Salvador presented a draft bill for the protection of journalists. After almost three years, the effort was cut short. The initiative was archived when the ruling Nuevas Ideas party took control of the Legislative Assembly. The parties that resumed the discussion at the last minute hold each other responsible for the lack of approval.

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Colombian journalists commemorate the Day of the Journalist with ‘Unprotected’ report, ahead of 2022 elections

Journalists in Colombia warned that declining working conditions for the press could become more pronounced in 2022, an election year. The Federation of Colombian Journalists (Fecolper, by its Spanish acronym), released a report title “Unprotected on Feb. 9, the Day of the Journalist in Colombia, assessing the state of journalism and the challenges Colombian journalists face.

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Disinformation and violence on social media change journalists' behavior in Brazil, study shows

A study carried out by Gênero e Número in partnership with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) presents data, testimonials and in-depth interviews on the impacts and effects of online disinformation and violence on the daily lives of women and LGBT+ journalists.

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Why is press freedom important to Latin American journalists? We asked, and this is what they said.

To mark World Press Freedom Day, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) decided to revive a social media campaign in which we ask journalists from Latin America a simple question: “Why is press freedom important to you?”

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Impact of the digital ecosystem on journalism will be a topic of debate on World Press Freedom Day

Threats and obstacles to journalism in the digital environment will be the topics discussed during this year's commemoration of World Press Freedom Day. Progress will also be analyzed on journalists' safety and impunity, on the 10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on this issue.