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Risky Business, Press Freedom in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 1, 2018


(Image: Colombian Government)

This event is complimentary but please register ahead of time.

Journalists in Latin America face one of the most challenging years in recent history. 2018 will see three influential general elections in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as a contested electoral process in Venezuela that took place in May. It's a tough moment to be a reporter covering politics in the region amid growing concerns about censorship, anti-press rhetoric from all sides of the political spectrum, online harassment translating into real-life violence, rising public distrust in traditional media outlets, and polarized audiences who increasingly rely on social media platforms like WhatsApp to stay informed. At the same time, this difficult reality has inspired innovative grassroots projects led by investigative journalists determined to fight for an independent press and dig into vital topics like human rights and corruption. Join Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for a conversation about how reporters are covering the 2018 elections in Latin America, the rising threats to press freedom across the region, and how journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges and innovating ways to keep each other informed in this critical moment.


  • Maria Salazar-Ferro, Director of Emergencies, Committee to Protect Journalists @mariasalazarfer
  • Laura Bonilla, Former Brazil Bureau Chief, AFP @LauraBonillaCal
  • Robert Valencia, Deputy World Editor, Newsweek @rvalentwit

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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