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Freedom on the Net 2013

October 3, 2013

Freedom on the Net 2013 is the fourth report in a series of comprehensive studies of internet freedom around the globe and covers developments in 60 countries that occurred between May 2012 and April 2013. Over 60 researchers, nearly all based in the countries they analyzed, contributed to the project by researching laws and practices relevant to the digital media, testing the accessibility of select websites, and interviewing a wide range of sources, among other research activities. This edition's findings indicate that internet freedom worldwide is in decline, with 34 out of 60 countries assessed in the report experiencing a negative trajectory during the coverage period. Broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content, and growing arrests of social-media users drove this overall decline in internet freedom in the past year. Nonetheless, Freedom on the Net 2013 also found that activists are becoming more effective at raising awareness of emerging threats and, in several cases, have helped forestall new repressive measures.

Media Access and Policy

Killing the News: Stories Go Untold as Latin American Journalists Die

October 29, 2010

Describes the rise in murders of journalists and insufficient government action. Examines the activities of the Inter American Press Association's Knight-funded Impunity Project to investigate the murders and call for the protection of freedom of speech.

The Impact of Digital Technology on Journalism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

September 10, 2009

Summarizes discussions from a September 2009 conference on how digital technology affects journalism and democracy, including its role in social mobilization, sustainable models of online investigative reporting, and case studies of new and citizen media.

The Price of Silence: The Growing Threat of Soft Censorship in Latin America

August 11, 2008

Presents analyses of behind-the-scenes government interference with press freedom and independence, such as using advertising and licensing processes to secure favorable coverage, in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, and Uruguay.

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