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Latin America: Why Mental Resilience is Essential for Press Freedom

Intimidation, murder and incarceration are used by the powerful to silence reporters.

Global Voices: Latin America & the Caribbean

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Highlights from IWPR’s Consortium to Support Independent Journalism in Latin America (CAPIR).

An investigation by Honduras Verifica, a beneficiary of our counter-disinformation programme, revealed the modus operandi of, a website initially launched as a parody of a reputable Honduran media outlet Within a few months, the portal began to publish pseudo-news pro-government content. Honduras Verifica found that such stories were promoted online by an army of inauthentic accounts on several social media platforms. Various ministers and state institutions have republished, liked or commented on its content. The investigation was re-published by nine Honduran and Central America outlets and the authors interviewed by local media.

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A story by Nómadas, a media outlet beneficiary in our in-depth journalism mini-grants programme, revealed how members of the Eyiyoquibo indigenous community in northern Bolivia have been poisoned with mercury from fish in the nearby river. Despite the danger to the community - aggravated by a lack of access to health care or alternative food sources - the report showed that the Bolivian government had failed to comply with a 2023 judicial order to stop illegal mining in the area and the use of mercury (banned by the Minamata Convention since 2013). 

An investigation by beneficiary Mala Yerba in El Salvador featured in the Bukele: Master of the Skies documentary series by Radio Ambulante, the most influential narrative journalism podcast in Latin America. The episode explored the implications of the adoption of Bitcoin as legal currency in El Salvador and cited the investigation, which showed how Bukele’s government offered to improve the housing of 25 families as part of the scheme. However, the families were then only offered public housing three km away, located by a sewage plant, and asked to pay the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars in bitcoin and work 650 hours on construction. 

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