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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 […]

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Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with an official majority, approves sentences of up to 15 years in prison for reporting on gangs

“The Legislative Assembly approved this Tuesday, March 5, a reform to the Penal Code to sanction with ten to fifteen years in prison those who through the media ‘reproduce or transmit messages or communications’ from gangs. This prohibition covers the dissemination of 'texts, paintings, designs, drawings and graffiti' of gangs, according to the reform approved […]

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IAPA demands the release of journalists who are prisoners of conscience in Nicaragua

"The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) demanded the immediate release of three directors of the newspaper La Prensa and two journalists convicted for their defense of freedom of expression and of the press in Nicaragua. Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro, general manager of La Prensa and Vice President of IAPA for Nicaragua, has been imprisoned since Aug. […]

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Venezuela: Espacio Público recorded a 90% increase in violations of freedom of expression in January

"The first month of 2022 ended with 24 cases recorded, totaling 57 violations of the right to freedom of expression. The most frequent violations were harassment, intimidation and censorship, and 70% of the victims turned out to be journalists [...] The most frequent aggressors continue to be, for the most part, State institutions (36%), security […]

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I/A Court HR declares State of Ecuador responsible for violations of various rights to the detriment of journalist and executives of El Universal

"In the ruling, notified today [Dec.21, 2021], relapsed in the Case of Palacio Urrutia et al. v. Ecuador, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared the international responsibility of the State of Ecuador for the violation of the rights to freedom of expression, the principle of legality, movement and residence, job stability, judicial guarantees and […]