Analyses and data chart press freedom conditions throughout the region. Carlos Lauría describes the rise of state media as a powerful propaganda tool. Mike O’Connor exposes Mexico’s failed efforts to combat deadly violence against the press.
This video recounts the story of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who works in one of the world’s most dangerous places. [View a larger version of the video here.]
How does one negotiate the choice to stay and report potentially dangerous news, rather than take a less risky assignment, leave the profession, or flee the country? The recipients of the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards explain.
In some Latin American countries, state-owned media are used not only for propaganda but as platforms to smear critics, including journalists. Leaders are building multimedia networks to further their agendas.
The president promised to defend journalists with a federal protection program, a special prosecutor, and new legislation making anti-press violence a federal crime. He has failed at nearly every turn.