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The governments of Ecuador and Canada, both sensitive to criticism and prone to silencing their opponents, are using existing legislation to clamp down on the activities of civil society – including two IFEX members.
Following a fact-finding visit to Paraguay, the IFEX-ALC submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, detailing the context for free expression in the country and recommending the creation of a special unit for crimes against journalists.
IFEX requests the immediate retraction of SECOM's recent advisory to Fundamedios that forbids the publication of its alerts and threatens the dissolution of the organisation.
In the years after she was abducted and brutally assaulted while reporting on violence at a maximum-security prison involving state officials and paramilitary groups, award-winning journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima has fought tirelessly to bring the issue of sexual violence against women into the public consciousness.
IFEX expresses concern over the Office of the Attorney General's recent actions, which resulted in the release and re-arrest of the main suspect in the 2000 attack on journalist Jineth Bedoya.
We spoke with TEDIC in Paraguay, an organization that is helping to spearhead the fight against the "Pyrawebs" data retention bill. When we asked what concerned them the most about this law, they didn’t just give us one or two reasons, they gave us 12!
How did a small Paraguayan NGO help defeat a bill that would have forced ISPs to retain customer information for 12 months?
Having taken on the traditional print, TV and radio media in Ecuador, President Correa has set his sights on the online realm. Follow through our timeline to find out how he does it.
The falling price of oil has brought with it long lines and empty supermarket shelves, highlighting economic issues that the government would rather not discuss.
Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
After 19 years working for El Universal, cartoonist Rayma Suprani was fired over her cartoon critical of the national health system, following recent changes in the paper's ownership and editorial line.
President Rafael Correa’s lack of patience for journalists who dare to criticize his administration is no secret. Last week he incited violence against one journalist who has been the frequent target of his attacks.
The Foro de Periodismo Argentino, or FOPEA, is an organisation based in Buenos Aires and founded in 2002 by a group of journalists concerned with a lack of ethical and professional standards within the profession.
Jineth Bedoya Lima, a Colombian journalist whose investigations have led to attempts on her life, on the impact of being profiled in this year's Day to End Impunity campaign.
Venezuelan media organisations Periodistas por la Verdad and Instituto Prensa y Sociedad Venezuela offer opposing points of view on what President Hugo Chávez's next six-year term means for free expression.
The wave of labour unrest that has been rocking Bolivia for months took a disturbing turn when the police launched a mutiny to demand more pay and journalists in several cities became the targets of their anger, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The La Paz-based National Press Association (Asociación Nacional de la Prensa, ANP) recorded several assaults on the press.
A radio talk show host who used to be a government minister was injured in a bombing in Bogotá shortly after he criticised a constitutional amendment that would open the doors to peace talks with rebel groups, report the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP) and other IFEX members. There has been no bombing in the capital since 2003.
A district attorney investigating the killing of Peruvian journalist Pedro Flores Silva in 2011 was shot to death last week, reports the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS).
A Venezuelan court has ruled that the press cannot report on water contamination issues without using government-approved information, report the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS-Venezuela), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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Amid mounting international condemnation, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said he would pardon a former editor and three owners of "El Universo", who were fined US$40 million and sentenced to three years in prison in a libel case, report the Andean Foundation for Media Observation & Study (Fundamedios). While IFEX members welcomed the gesture, some remained concerned for Ecuador's alarming free expression situation.