All Content: press freedom

Q&A: Understanding Venezuela’s Protests

WOLA's David Smilde Explains the Ongoing Protests
Analysis & Commentary
In this Q&A, WOLA Senior Fellow sheds light on the ongoing protests in Venezuela and dispels common misconceptions.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
Analysis & Commentary
Something sinister is happening in the Mexican state of Veracruz. This week, another journalist was murdered there, the tenth killed in Veracruz since current governor Javier Duarte took office in December 2010. Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Press Freedom in Ecuador: A discussion with Carlos Lauria

Concerns about freedom of expression in the aftermath of a new media law's passage
Publication
A new media law regulating press coverage, among other recent government actions, is limiting freedom of expression in Ecuador. Adam discusses developments with Carlos Lauría, senior Americas program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Recent Developments in Cuba Signal Modest Political Relaxation

Analysis & Commentary
Recent reforms suggests a modest relaxation in the Cuban government’s efforts to exercise control over the flow of information into the country and a greater openness to allow Cuban citizens to engage with the outside world.

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Detained by Authorities

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA calls on the Cuban government to immediately confirm whether or not Yoani Sánchez and her husband are detained, and, if so, to make public the charges against them.

U.S. Organizations Applaud Appointment of Hollman Morris as Director of Canal Capital

Signatories Call for Effective Protective Measures Due to Threats against Mr. Morris
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Mr. Morris’ appointment as Canal Capital director by the mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, demonstrates a commitment by Colombian authorities to promote freedom of expression and provide more visibility to abuses that often go unnoticed

WOLA: Promoting Human Rights, Democracy, and Social Justice

Video
As the year winds to a close, we hope you will enjoy this video about how WOLA works with partners in the region to advance human rights in Latin America. If you have not done so, we hope you will consider making a donation to WOLA to support our continued efforts. Your support makes a difference.

On One-Year Anniversary of Tragic Murder of Mexican Activist, U.S. Congress Urges Need to Protect Human Rights Defenders

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The increasing number of attacks and murders of human rights defenders in Mexico in this past year underscores the continued failure of the Mexican government to protect defenders and the urgent need for more action to ensure that they can carry out their work safely.

Obama and Romney Out of Touch on Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney clearly share one thing: they are both out of touch when it comes to Cuba and what U.S. policy should be towards the island.

The Week Ahead

Peru's New President, Press Freedom in Ecuador, the U.S. Congress
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Adam discusses challenges facing newly inaugurated President Ollanta Humala in Peru; Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's lawsuit against a newspaper; cuts in U.S. aid to Mexico and other ways that the U.S. Congress is affecting Latin America policy.

Peru: What's Next for Humala?

An article by WOLA Senior Fellows Coletta Youngers and Jo-Marie Burt in Foreign Policy in Focus
Analysis & Commentary
Humala moved to the center to win the elections. With a slim majority in Congress and a still-strong conservative opposition, however, he may well find it difficult to implement even his moderate program of change.

Gustavo Gorriti on Peru's Elections

A Fujimori victory would be "a scenario most of us regarded as an impossible nightmare just a few months ago"
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The final round of Peru's hotly contested presidential election will take place on Sunday. Adam talks with renowned Peruvian investigative journalist Gustavo Gorriti, who runs the IDL Reporteros program in Lima, about what is at stake in the vote.

TV Serrana & Participatory Television in Cuba's Sierra Maestra

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A conversation between WOLA's Geoff Thale, Carlos Rodríguez of TV Serrana -- which has produced many documentaries about life in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra mountains -- and Alex Halkin of the Americas Media Initiative-Cuba Media Project.

WOLA Faults Cable TV Suspensions in Venezuela

The suspensions, which went into effect on January 24, have prompted public protests and violent confrontations in Venezuela
News

Wola Expresses Concern Over Attempted Assasination of Miguel Arturo Albizures Pedrosa

Publication
WOLA, along with Human Rights Rights First and the Guatemala Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the Guatemala Attorney General regarding the attempted assassination of Miguel Arturo Albizures Pedrosa .