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'Coronavirus has been devastating to press freedom,' according to PEN Club

According to an investigation by the writers' association PEN, the coronavirus pandemic in particular has had a 'devastating' impact on freedom of opinion and expression in several countries. Among those most affected are authors, journalists and artists who have criticized official measures against the coronavirus. [...] The PEN Club points out that in many countries online platforms […]

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In five Latin American countries, COVID-19 responses restrict press freedom, CPJ, TrustLaw find

"In Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, and Peru, emergency measures in response to COVID-19 restricted the media’s capacity to report freely and the public’s ability to access information, including critical information about public health interventions and the pandemic itself, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw program found. The report, […]

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More than 1,500 journalists have been killed by COVID, with India and Brazil at the top of the list

"The Press Emblem Campaign announced this Monday (June 7) in Geneva that the number of journalists killed by COVID-19 surpassed the 1,500 mark worldwide, reaching 1,503. The month of May was the deadliest for the media since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 200 losses, an average of seven per day. The countries […]

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Devastating impact of the pandemic on journalists: Latin America accounts for more than half of deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the media, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) lamented on Friday in preparation for World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The human cost of the pandemic is particularly high: at least 1,200 journalists have died from the novel coronavirus. Journalists are engaged in a profession that is […]

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In these Latin American newsrooms, remote work is here to stay

"Several Latin American media organizations are undergoing major, permanent workplace transformations. Even though these newsrooms are in different countries, each with their own cultural, social and political contexts, some common trends are emerging. First, the economic impacts and restrictions caused by the pandemic accelerated, or in some cases caused, newsrooms to adopt a hybrid model […]

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Latin American fact-checking media will work to combat vaccine disinformation

"Chequeado, which has coordinated the LatamChequea network since 2014, will work for a year with 22 fact-checking organizations in the region, Spain and Portugal, and with the support of the Google News Initiative, on a series of actions to counter disinformation about [COVID-19] vaccines. Much of the disinformations crosses borders and is repeated from one […]

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Organizations launch call for media outlets and journalists affected by pandemic to receive financial support

"Internews, Chicas Poderosas, Consejo de Redacción and Fundamedios are launching a call for participation to provide financial support to media outlets; civil society organizations, associations, and groups; as well as journalists and communicators who deliver information on Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and whose work had been affected or is being threatened by […]

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UNESCO and Latin American partners launch PortalCheck to combat mis/disinformation in the region

"PortalCheck is an online initiative that offers valuable resources and tools on how to combat COVID-19 mis/disinformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform (regional hub) consists of compiled notes and resources for distinct audiences created by expert fact-checkers from throughout the region. This joint project is implemented by UNESCO, in partnership with Chequeado […]

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Early Childhood Reporting Fellowship: Inequality and COVID-19 in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia

"The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia Journalism School in New York, is launching a project-based virtual Fellowship for journalists based in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia which will be focused on illuminating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on young children’s growth, development and wellbeing."   Read original announcement 

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Peruvian journalist receives Rory Peck Award for report on coronavirus

"On Tuesday, Peruvian journalist Guillermo Galdós won  the prestigious British Rory Peck Award, which is given each year to the best freelance reporters, for a work on Venezuelan refugees who work collecting corpses of COVID-19 victims in Lima." Read original report (in Spanish)