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‘Enough,’ says Guatemala journalist group, citing pre-election threats

A hostile and dangerous atmosphere is being created to thwart journalism in Guatemala ahead of elections, the Guatemalan Journalists Association, or APG, has warned.

Costa Rican lawmakers approve 35 bills in first 6 months of term, but few are substantive

Ever wonder what Costa Rican lawmakers actually accomplish? Here's a look at the first six months of the current Legislative Assembly, a data analysis project aimed at promoting public access to information, brought to you by Ojo al Voto.

US war reporter Sotloff remembered as brave and fun

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steven Sotloff, the second U.S. journalist murdered by Islamic State militants, was a respected reporter as well known for his irreverent humor as for his sensitive approach to Middle East conflicts.

Remembering pal and roommate James Foley

James Foley knew the risks of living dangerously and couldn't get enough of them. I know because Jim was a friend of mine.

Costa Rican investigative reporter, data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini wins prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize

The Cabot Prize lauded Segnini as a fearless reporter and an innovator whose "courageous investigative stories unveiling corruption and bribery scandals led to the arrest of two former Costa Rican presidents.”

Under Spain’s ‘Google Fee’ law, news aggregators must pay publishers

Last week, Spain passed a law requiring news aggregators such as Google News to pay publishers a fee if they link to their content. Supporters of the law, nicknamed the "Google Fee," say it will prevent copyright infringements. But opponents argue that it limits freedom of expression.

Costa Rican newspaper accuses government of ‘unprecedented’ spying on its reporters

Long celebrated as Latin America’s leader in freedom of expression, Costa Rica found itself mired in a wiretapping scandal Monday that shocked the small country. The newspaper Diario Extra accused the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Prosecutor’s Office of tapping the telephones of its reporters, telephone operator and Iary Gómez, general director of the media company, in an alleged attempt to discover the names of confidential sources inside the judicial branch.

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