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Legal Attacks on Salvadoran Journalist Héctor Silva Have a Chilling Effect on Freedom of Expression

The defamation lawsuit against Silva appears to be an effort to intimidate and discourage Silva from continuing his investigative reporting.

Guatemala’s President Resigns: Press Conference Call at 12:30pm Today

Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for a press conference call on the implications of the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina for both Guatemala and the region as a whole.

Government of Mexico Must Investigate the String of Murders of Journalists from Veracruz

Murder of Ruben Espinosa Highlights Need to Strengthen Protections
Analysis & Commentary
Whether because of a lack of will or lack of capacity, the government of Mexico has failed to investigate threats and attacks against journalists.

The Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

New WOLA and PBI Report
While recognizing the importance of the Mechanism and the valuable work its staff carries out, this report identifies several areas for improvement, drawing on a series of case studies to illustrate these weaknesses.

Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

In this taped event, leading Venezuela analysts examine the impacts of proposed U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The panelists argue that sanctions will reduce the chances for dialogue and a resolution to existing tensions.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso employee in Honduras

WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso Marketing Manager, Carlos Mejía Orellana, that occurred on Friday, April 11, and urges the Honduran authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and to punish those responsible.

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
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
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

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

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
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"
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

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.