John Otis

John Otis, CPJ's Andes correspondent for the Americas program, works as a correspondent for Time magazine and the Global Post. He authored the 2010 book Law of the Jungle, about U.S. military contractors kidnapped by Colombian rebels, and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Ecuador's Moreno opens new era in relations with media

October 10, 2017 1:55 PM ET

Less than a month after taking office, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno engineered a ceasefire in the decade-long battle between the government and the nation's independent news media by inviting a group of radio, TV, and newspaper editors to the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito....

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Searching for answers in murder cases amid violence and corruption in Guatemala

December 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET

On June 25, unidentified assailants shot and killed Álvaro Aceituno López, director of Radio Ilusión in Coatepeque, a town in southeastern Guatemala. López often criticized local government officials when presenting the news and during guest appearances on other programs. But to date, CPJ has been unable to determine if...

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After Venezuelan elections, Globovisión shows more defiant stance

March 23, 2016 6:27 PM ET

When Venezuela's opposition broke the ruling party's 17-year stranglehold on power by winning control of congress in December, the political earthquake created editorial aftershocks at the 24-hour news station Globovisión....

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Last critic standing: How El Nacional defies challenges to keep publishing

February 22, 2016 11:12 AM ET

Patricia Spadaro, news editor at the Caracas daily El Nacional, faces daunting challenges in putting out the newspaper. Her boss, El Nacional's president and editor Miguel Henrique Otero, has been living in exile since May 2015 after a top government official accused him of defamation. Amid the country's deep...

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Venezuela's national assembly reopens to the press after five-year ban

January 27, 2016 2:48 PM ET

When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela's colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday, I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day's legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the press galley, located on the...

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How Argentine broadcast law rewards friendly outlets and discriminates against critics

November 6, 2015 11:33 AM ET

The moment polls closed for Argentina's presidential election on October 25, the C5N cable news station breathlessly reported that ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had triumphed and would succeed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is banned by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term....

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Firing of critical newspaper editor raises concern in Ecuador

September 4, 2015 1:01 PM ET

When the Quito daily El Comercio was sold in December to a Latin America media tycoon known for avoiding editorial conflict, press freedom advocates feared the newspaper would soften its coverage of the Ecuadoran government. Those concerns have now increased with last month’s firing of Martín Pallares, one of El...

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Criminal defamation thwarts critical reporting in Ayacucho

August 26, 2015 11:37 AM ET

When Wilfredo Oscorima, the governor of the southern Peruvian state of Ayacucho, was sentenced in June to five years in prison for official misconduct, independent daily La Calle viewed the ruling as vindication for its vigorous investigations into his administration....

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In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back

June 1, 2015 11:32 AM ET

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago, his socialist government was tightlipped about the diagnosis. Then in June 2011 a source in Havana, Cuba, where Chávez was being treated, told Nelson Bocaranda, a veteran columnist for the Caracas daily El Universal, that...

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Fabricated attacks by Colombian journalists mask real dangers

May 20, 2015 3:55 PM ET

Although Colombian journalists are frequently threatened by Marxist guerrillas, criminal gangs, and corrupt politicians trying to silence them, two recent cases that created widespread concern--including alerts from CPJ--were fabricated by the very reporters who claimed to have been targeted....

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