29 June 2023

Miami (June 30, 2023) This week, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern about creating an Advisory Committee against Disinformation in Chile. The organization warned that these measures could tempt governors to "establish censorship mechanisms."

In Colombia, a group of El Tiempo and Noti 5 journalists was trapped in a tense confrontation between an armed group and the army in Valle del Cauca. The incident occurred while the journalists were covering the planting of the millionth tree by the Water for Life and Sustainability Fund (Favs).

On the other hand, an Ecuadorian journalist suffered a car accident and assured that it was an attack. The presenter of Majestad TV reported receiving death threats through her social networks. The Committee for the Protection of Journalists and Fundamedios report registered 96 attacks on the press in the first four months of the year.

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, attacked the press again. During one of his morning conferences, the president said, "95% of the media is dedicated to manipulating the population".

In Argentina, media associations denounce police attacks and abuses against journalists covering demonstrations against constitutional reform in the province of Jujuy. Journalists Luciano Aguilar and Camilo Galli were arrested.

Peruvian congresswoman Flor Pablo requested that the Public Prosecutor's Office open an investigation against "La Resistencia," the extreme right-wing collective that carried out several attacks against politicians, human rights defenders, and journalists.

The book "Informative and Cultural Consumption in Venezuela" was published this week. The study recorded, "62.9% of Venezuelans consider that there is censorship of contents in social networks". On the other hand, distrust in the news increased; 80% said they had received false information.

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.

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