RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America

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first_imgThe Inter-American Court of Human Rights regards murders of journalists and media workers as the most extreme form of censorship. The Court has ruled that: “journalism can only be exercised freely when those who carry out this work are not victims of threats or physical, mental or moral attacks or other acts of harassment.” RSF_en ColombiaHondurasMexicoBrazilAmericas Activities in the fieldReports and statistics UNESCO News to go further Receive email alerts ColombiaHondurasMexicoBrazilAmericas Activities in the fieldReports and statistics UNESCO These mechanisms have suffered from major flaws, especially with regard to the creation of effective measures to reduce the risks and threats to journalists. The flaws include the failure to adapt methods to the reality on the ground, a lack of human and financial resources, poor internal organisation and a low level of participation by civil society organisations. The project will continue throughout 2021 and will lead to a series of meetings – conducted in compliance with the health measures required by the Covid-19 pandemic – at which RSF will present the recommendations that are the fruit of this research. Honduras is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index, Mexico is ranked 143rd, Colombia is ranked 134th and Brazil is ranked 111th. May 13, 2021 Find out more With the support of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has begun evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of mechanisms for protecting journalists in four Latin American countries, with the aim of helping to improve such mechanisms throughout the region. April 27, 2021 RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Nearly 80% of the murders of journalists in Latin America in the past decade took place in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Honduras, the four countries chosen for this research project, launched in April. June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas Reports RSF hopes that those responsible for the protection programmes in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Honduras, along with government officials in general, lawmakers and journalists will thereby gain a better awareness and understanding of a problem that is a matter for increasing concern in the region. News RSF regards an analysis of the protection policies in effect in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Honduras as a fundamental stage in the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom in Latin America. To this end, RSF will consult the beneficiaries of these programmes (journalists and human rights defenders), those who run them, and civil society organisations that are active in the free speech domain and closely follow public policy in each of these countries. Organisation News Help by sharing this information Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says The Organisation of American States says that, to guarantee freedom of expression, member countries must prevent violence against journalists, protect those who are the victims of attacks, and punish the perpetrators of crimes of violence against the media. When a country suffers from structural violence against journalists, it is required to set up specific programmes to protect them. One of the specific focuses of this survey will be the challenges involved in protecting women journalists, who are not among the leading victims of murders in Latin America but are increasingly the targets of aggression and attacks, especially online. June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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