29 September 2022

IAPA Bot: A mixed picture of violence, repression, and threats against journalists

The IAPA Bot is a real-time artificial intelligence monitoring tool of the Inter American Press Association.

These were the main restrictions to press freedom according to IAPA Bot's weekly report: The disappearance of a journalist in Mexico, severe crimes against the opposition by the Venezuelan government, and the offensive comment of an Argentinean lawyer comparing journalists to "cancer."

In unrepentant Nicaragua, Vice President Rosario Murillo justified CNN's signal cutting, saying it was "interfering" and "violated national sovereignty." At the same time, another political prisoner joined a hunger strike, and the regime expelled the ambassador of the European Union.

In Colombia, there was aggression against a journalist when they were covering a march of opponents of President Gustavo Petro's government. In El Salvador, six months of a state of emergency ended with a negative balance for free expression. In Paraguay, President Mario Abdo Benítez continues to criticize a media group that has exposed failures in his administration. A Bolivian attorney general has taken action against the secrecy of information sources.

The IAPA Bot is a real-time artificial intelligence monitoring tool of the Inter American Press Association. For example, in the Climate section, a heat map of the Americas shows different colors according to the situation in each country.

A report by Reporters Without Borders ranks Costa Rica eighth in a press freedom ranking, with the greatest freedom of expression in the Americas. Argentina, surprisingly, the second best Latin American country, ranks 29th.

The most influential tweet of the week generated 7,955 interactions and was written by @VickyDavilaH. The text of the tweet is: "Roy Barreras saying that this Semana cover is a "crime" is a threat to journalists and freedom of the press. Here I leave you the crime, read it, and you will see why he did not like it because it is the truth".

The IAPA Bot is an artificial intelligence tool of the Inter American Press Association that monitors press freedom violations in real-time. It tracks information published in the media, Google News, Twitter, and a selection of stories and complaints. In addition, it contains a heat map that allows observing the press freedom climate in each country, a button to make complaints, and a menu highlighting government leaders' statements, citizens' conversations, and relevant events.

The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting press freedom and freedom of expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere. It is based in Miami, Florida, United States.