10 March 2023

IAPA Bot: Aggressions against women journalists in Bolivia

The situation "is worse than during the dictatorship" and that the attacks have worsened in the last two years.
IAPA Bot's heat map dyed Bolivia in red, being the country with the worst climate for exercising freedom of the press this week after registering two consecutive days of aggressions against women journalists. The association of Bolivian communicators denounced that the situation "is worse than during the dictatorship" and that the attacks have worsened in the last two years.
In Argentina, journalists from the television channel TN were threatened by drug gangs in Rosario while covering the murder of an 11 year old boy.
In Guatemala, several journalists demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court against a judge's decision to investigate journalists for their publications. The slogan of the protest was "They will not silence us".
The Colombian Federation of Journalists revealed that in 50 years 165 journalists have been murdered but only 18% of the cases have resulted in convictions and 78.8% of the crimes remain unpunished.
On the other hand, the Venezuelan NGO Espacio Público registered 28 violations to freedom of expression during the month of February. Fifty-six percent of the cases occurred on the Internet.
In relation to the Media, the most effective tweets included the tags '#8m2023', '#violenciamachista', '#violencia', '#morelos' and '#diadelamujer'. This week the most relevant tweet was written by Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford professor. "The Biden administration's casual violation of the First Amendment should come as a surprise to all journalists, even those who aren't @Elon Musk fans. What's the limiting principle? This inquisition could extend to any journalist," he posted.

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 from a selection of IAPA notes and denunciations. 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 that highlights the statements of government leaders, citizens' conversations, and relevant events.

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