Knight Center to Launch Ebook on Journalist Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean in Webinar
Join the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas on Tuesday, August 2 for a free webinar as we launch a free multilingual ebook on the safety of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Experts on the subject will gather for a discussion on the current situation of violence against journalists in the region and measures to protect the press.
- Guilherme Canela, Head of Section Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists at UNESCO
- Paula Saucedo, Protection and Defense Officer with Article 19 Mexico and Central America
- Emmanuel Colombié, Latin America Regional Director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
- Natalie Southwick, program coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
The webinar is taking place, in Spanish, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. US Central Time via Zoom. Registration is mandatory.
“Protection of Journalists: Safety and Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean”, the ebook, soon to be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, is a compilation of articles produced over the course of eight months by members of Knight Center’s digital magazine, LatAm Journalism Review, and area journalists.
The four-part project focuses on: 1) protest coverage, 2) reporting on violent conflict, 3) developing protection mechanisms, and 4) investigating and prosecuting violence against journalists.
The 15-story project, edited by Mexican journalist Javier Garza and coordinated by Knight Center’s Teresa Mioli, features country case studies and never-before-seen details of violence targeting media professionals. It includes guides on how to stay safe while reporting on protests and violent conflict. And, it examines delays in putting systems in place to protect journalists, as well as loopholes in offices meant to prevent impunity.
“This is one of the most comprehensive assessments of the risks facing journalists and the systems designed to protect them, but from the perspective of journalists themselves and how safe they are in their own countries.” , Garza said.
The project was made possible with funding from UNESCO’s Global Media Defense Fund.
“We are grateful to UNESCO’s Global Media Defense Fund for their support that allows us at the Knight Center to work on this project that has helped journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean with useful information about their safety and the ways to fight impunity,” said Professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center. “We helped journalists understand many aspects of the problem of violence against the press in the region, but we also highlighted the need for justice, an end to impunity.”
register today for this important webinar and join the discussion on the safety of journalists in the region.