Freedom of Expression

Digging into the reality of internet shutdowns in the Americas: An insidious threat

“The use of internet shutdowns by authoritarian regimes has emerged globally as a serious threat to freedom of expression. While commonly seen as rare in Latin America, a closer look reveals a different reality. Organisations and experts are increasingly noting various nuances and contexts in methods to interfere with internet access that are important to understand in order to identify and […]

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Arbitrary arrests and interrogations among main forms of repression against journalists in Cuba in first half of 2023, according to report

"The organization Article 19 denounced patterns of aggression and repressive and inhibitory strategies against freedom of expression by the Cuban government during the last six months. Its most recent report 'Freedom of expression in Cuba: Semiannual analysis' records and systematizes aggressions against independent journalists and human rights activists. It also studies restrictive regulatory frameworks and […]

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On average, every 60 days the Peruvian Congress proposes a bill against the press or freedom of expression

"In the last few weeks, the Congress of the Republic [Peru] has been preparing two bills that would put at risk journalistic practice and the autonomy of the media. Bill No. 2862/2022 seeks to increase penalties for the crimes of slander and defamation, and thus curb -as detailed in its explanatory memorandum- 'the malpractice carried […]

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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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As independent media blossoms in Cuba, journalists face a crackdown

"Begrudgingly tolerated a few years ago, Cuban reporters are now regularly detained, can have their phones and laptops seized, and their internet cut. Independent journalism in Cuba – usually supported by foreign funding – has blossomed since 2018, the year in which the state punctured its monopoly on information by unleashing relatively uncensored mobile internet. […]

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Communications bill in Cuba continues to leave out freedom of expression

"Cuba published a new version of its bill of Law of Social Communication that will continue to subordinate freedom of the press to socialist ideology. The new version 'shows the debates that have taken place between the most reactionary sector and the reformists' within the Cuban government, said Eloy Viera Cañive, a Cuban lawyer and […]

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IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calls on the States to address the challenges of freedom of expression and gender

"In the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [Nov. 25], the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (SRFOE) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) warns about the persistence of structural obstacles and discriminatory practices that limit the exercise of women's right to freedom of […]

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Central American Network of Journalists created to defend freedom of expression from attacks and authoritarianism

"Central American journalists have created the Red Centroamericana de Periodistas (Central American Journalists Network). The initiative seeks to work jointly and in a coordinated manner against authoritarianism and the challenges that it brings for freedom of expression and the exercise of independent journalism. The initiative was launched within the framework of the Central American Journalism […]

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Voces del Sur records 47% increase in violations of press freedom and freedom of expression in Latin America in 2021

"The report prepared by the network Voces del Sur (VdS), presented on Sept. 6, 2022, recorded 4 thousand 931 alerts of violations of freedom of expression and press freedom and the right of access to information in 14 Latin American countries. In 2021, an average of 14 alerts per day were identified, or one every […]

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Union of Journalists of Paraguay asks for more security for journalists

"On Journalist's Day [in Paraguay], the General Secretary of the Paraguayan Journalists' Union, Santiago Ortiz, stressed that journalism demands security and guarantees for its professional practice, particularly for colleagues from the interior of the country. He pointed to the accelerated deterioration of working conditions of journalists (...) The low salaries, long working hours, breach of […]