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Organizations say Ecuador's new law against Digital Violence threatens freedom of expression

“The approval of the so-called Digital Violence Law caused displeasure in the legislature, ignited alerts from defenders of freedom of expression and also a claim from the State Attorney General's Office. The discussion reached such a point that the same proponent of the project asked the Executive to veto the document. [...] The objective was […]

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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor's Office calls for security risk analysis of journalists covering Bolsonaro

"The MPF (federal public prosecutor's office) issued an opinion to the judiciary in which it states that there are risks to journalists covering President Jair Bolsonaro at the Alvorada Palace, the official residence of the president. The document, signed last week and obtained by UOL this Monday (May 3, 2021), asks that measures be taken […]

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Missing Mexican journalist Francisco Augusto Ramírez is alive

"After six days of not knowing anything about his whereabouts and searching for him by all means, 53-year-old journalist from Oaxaca, Francisco Augusto Ramírez, appeared alive, his relatives confirmed."   Watch video (in Spanish)

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Nicaragua: Journalist critical of Daniel Ortega will pay fine with charity money

"'From cordoba to cordoba,' this is how the journalist David Quintana, a critic of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, affirmed this Thursday [May 6] that he had collected 13,500 cordobas (about US $387), referring to the fine that he had to pay to the judiciary for the crime of injurias and slander, in a case branded as 'political' […]

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Print newspapers in El Salvador will pay taxes on imported material and equipment

"The new Legislative Assembly of El Salvador amended on Wednesday [May 5] the Print Law, in force since 1950, so that print newspapers pay taxes like all companies. (...) now print media will not have tariff exemptions, that is, they will not enjoy tax benefits and must pay taxes on the raw material, machinery and […]

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Access of Salvadoran journalists restricted at Legislative Assembly

"The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES, for its acronym in Spanish) does not rule out persecution of the press by the government of President Nayib Bukele, who now intends to control the three organs of the State. This, after the restrictions that, since yesterday [May 3], were imposed in the Legislative Assembly on […]

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Press freedom organizations present report on judicial harassment of journalists in Colombia and Mexico

“On World Press Freedom Day (May 3), FLIP and ARTICLE 19 Mexico come together to stop judicial harassment against journalists and human rights defenders. Within the framework of this date, FLIP and ARTICLE 19 Mexico, with the support of Justice for Journalists, present the report Laws of Silence, judicial harassment of freedom of expression in […]

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Chilean journalism schools request government guarantee free exercise of journalism and free expression

“In the midst of a new commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, the main journalism schools in the country issued a letter to the Chilean government to express their deep concern regarding the current state of freedom of expression and of the press in our country. The letter addressed to President Sebastián Piñera emphasizes situations […]

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Press workers in Cochabamba, Bolivia, demand respect for the Print Law and freedom of expression after judge's decision

“Workers of different media outlets in Cochabamba [Bolivia] protested this morning [April 27] demanding respect for freedom of expression, the Print Law and in rejection of the injunction that a judge made to 13 media outlets to provide information at the request of lawyer Jhasmani Torrico. [...] 'This mobilization has the objective of reminding the […]

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Abraji registers 100 journalists blocked by authorities on Twitter

"The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, for its acronym in Portuguese) has mapped 100 journalists blocked by public authorities on Twitter since it started to monitor these cases continuously, in September 2020. There are 196 blocks to the profiles of the President of the Republic, of ministers, deputies, governors and other authorities. The reasons […]