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Two journalists remain missing in Acapulco after hurricane Otis

"Journalists Fabien Domenichelli and Humberto Aburto Parra are still missing in Acapulco, Mexico, after Hurricane Otis. The organization Article 19 has been searching for both journalists. However, it has not yet been successful in finding them and their health status is unknown. On the other hand, this Monday afternoon [Nov. 30], five days after the […]

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Peruvian Transparency Court declares journalist's appeal against police appeal well-founded

"The Transparency Court [of Peru] declared the appeal filed by Pamela Huerta Bustamante, journalist of our news outlet La República, against the Peruvian National Police to be well-founded. It should be noted that Huerta Bustamante requested information about the 'Plan Abanico Verde 2023,' but said institution did not provide her with any information in this […]

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Journalistic organizations criticize the Public Prosecutor's Office's invasion of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Guatemala

Several journalistic organizations active in Guatemala, such as the Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (Fepalc, by its Spanish acronym), the Association of Journalists of Guatemala and the Network of Journalists condemned the raid of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal by the Public Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 29. Fepalc condemned the obstacles imposed […]

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US Supreme Court rules against Puerto Rico journalists seeking documents from financial oversight board

"The US Supreme Court on Thursday [May 11] ruled against a group of Puerto Rico journalists who were seeking documents from the island’s financial oversight board, saying that the board is protected from such information requests by sovereign immunity. The case, ‘Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Centro de Periodismo Investigativo,’ asked […]

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Obstacles to journalists' access to public information have increased in Colombia, survey shows

"The Foundation for Press Freedom and the Journalists' Circle of Bogota presented the 'Survey on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information' in which they surveyed 585 journalists and 15 columnists to study the characteristics of the media in which they work, their self-criticism, the environment for freedom of expression, and aggressions towards their work. […]

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Mexico: Article 19 warns about company that charges for removing public interest journalistic investigations from the web

"On Feb. 17, Forbidden Stories and a media conglomerate, including OCCRP [Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project], published a series of investigative reports exposing the abuses and illegalities of the Spanish company ELIMINALIA. The company's services focus on aiding politicians and journalists to remove or de-index from any digital platform, web host or search engine, […]

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Help desk and toolkit are launched to strengthen access to information for Caribbean journalists

"A milestone in Freedom of Information (FOI) and Access to Information has been laid in the Pan-Caribbean region with the launch of the MIC [Media Institute of the Caribbean ] Freedom of Information Help Desk and Advocacy tool kit, […] a cloud-based, secure platform for journalists, civil society organisations and private individuals to submit their […]

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Organization to launch 'Follow the Money! A handbook for tracking companies, properties, public contracts, and failures in Latin America'

"Access to public information is crucial for journalists and civil society actors to be able to track money and hold power accountable. However, the platforms that host this data in Latin America are not always easy to use. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) with the support of Chile Transparente, SANCUS and the […]

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Costa Rican Journalists Association accuses Health Minister of ‘violating freedom of expression and press’

"Belisario Solano, president of the Costa Rican Association of Journalists (Colper, by its Spanish acronym), requested the IV Court  to declare as unconstitutional an official letter drafted by Joselyn Chacón, Minister of Health, which allegedly restricts officials from giving statements or providing information of public interest. Chacón's directive would violate freedom of the press and […]

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Abraji and OCCRP join forces to launch Aleph tool in Brazil

"A tool created by OCCRP, an international consortium of investigative journalism, Aleph groups more than 500 databases that can be cross-referenced. (...) Entitled "project_abraji", the Aleph directory created as a result of the partnership groups a series of data from Brazil, among them those related to beneficiaries of Emergency Aid and Bolsa Família; aircraft owners, […]