Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean

The project proposes to encourage and assist Argentine newsrooms in making use of ethical considerations in everyday editorial decisions, strengthening self-regulation of the media. In 2006 the Forum for Argentine Journalism (FOPEA), a nationwide grouping of independent journalists, adopted the country’s first comprehensive ethics code. Nevertheless, a 2011 survey of 943 journalists by FOPEA found that more than 75% of news outlets did not have a code of ethics and 91% of the journalists knew of ethically questionable practices in their newsroom. Since 2006, FOPEA has also observed that...

Mexico is one of the most challenging countries for journalists in Latin America. In 2012, ARTICLE 19, Office for Mexico and Central America documented 207 aggressions against journalists, press workers and media organisations. This number represents 20.34% on top of what was registered the previous year.
 
The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of impunity underlines the importance of the Judiciary on the protection and promotion of press freedom as well as on the fight against impunity.
 
Improving the understanding of the UN and Inter-...

In recent years, Uruguay has experienced a significant advance in updating its laws regarding international standards of freedom of expression. It is currently in the midst of a process of legislative debate regarding a bill on audiovisual media services. If passed, the law could be a major achievement for the democratization of the media system in the country. 
 
Chapter VIII of the bill refers to the "Ethical self-regulation" of the media. Article 138 states an obligation for the media to adopt self-regulatory mechanisms: "The holders of audiovisual media services should...

Bolivia, now constitutionally recognized as a Plurinational-Community State, given the significant existence of precolonial indigenous-native nations and peoples, has as an innovative feature of democratic construction, the recognition of communication and information as a constitutional right and public good (Art. 106 . NCPEP). The New Plurinational State Constitution (2009) notes that the State guarantees that Bolivians, within the scope of the right to communication and information, enjoy the freedom of expression, opinion and information and the right to share freely their ideas by any...

The emergence of Internet has brought unprecedented progress in the access of information and knowledge. Colombia has not been immune to the transformation that the digital age has produced. The Colombian panorama of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) is witnessing a dizzying development and growth. The data show that both access to and users of the Internet have increased exponentially. In the past two years, according to the Ministry of ICTs, the Internet has grown by 168%. A broad ICT policy is being implementing. For instance, around 1055 Kioskos Digitales5 have been...

Ecuador has recently approved a Communications Law which presents a new regulatory environment and a set of challenges for journalism and the exercise of free expression in Ecuador. The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has expressed -in a letter issued in June 28, 2013- that the Law should be brought in line with international standards on freedom of expression, because some of the provisions of the Act could restrict the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and provoke a serious chilling effect. In the same...

The project aims to train journalists in accessing public information. The objective is to improve the capacity of journalists to demand public interest information from the State.
 
Since the year 2000, IPYS has been working systematically with regional and local media and individual journalists from Peru and Latin America. It has proven that most of them have very few financial, technical and professional resources and this affects negatively the quality of their production. Even though information seems to circulate freely, limitations exist because of a lack of knowledge...

In order to develop data management and digital information security tools for investigative reporters, a collaborative link will have to be established among journalists, programmers and experts in IT tools, as an efficient way to achieve results and impact with the use of electronic data. The development of tools, such as extracting data from the web, the creation of databases to process and obtain information of value and of public interest; and the digital presentation and visualization of data shall enhance the quality of journalistic work.
 
These tools will be reinforced...

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes are quite common in Costa Rica. Small earthquakes occur daily and strong tremors happen a few times a year. According to the Costa Rica Disaster Statistics Data, the 49 events which occurred between 1980 and 2010 killed 312 people, affected 1,647,964 and caused hundreds of millions dollars in damages. Emergencies such as AH1N1 influenza pandemic and the rise in number of nosocomial infections happen on a regular basis too. In 2004 a magnitude 6.2 quake centered on the Pacific Coast, killed 8 locals and damaged buildings and...

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