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Freedom of the press increasingly challenged in Latin America

Freedom of the press appears to be increasingly challenged in Latin America. According to FORO, “[o]ver the last five months, a group of South American governments have been promoting key initiatives regarding media control and content limitation. President Correa in Ecuador has obtained additional power to regulate media content after winning a highly disputed referendum. The Press and Society Institute (IPYS) has been warning about the deterioration of the media situation in Peru and how the two presidential candidates have been suggesting different mechanisms for content censorship as part of their political platforms.”

Governments are not the only actors that are preventing freedom of press in Latin America however. According to Foro, “…Threats coming from non-government actors that have also systematically threatened, attacked and weakened media plurality [need to be more fully appreciated]. There have been cases of Peruvian media corporations that have fired journalists because they refused to change their positions in order to align with the corporation’s editorial line. Moreover, some criminal organizations have been targeting journalists who investigate their operations.”

Implications from Institute for the Future:

Tightening up of press freedoms is typically a harbinger of an increasingly dictatorial government. Decades of development work can be undone by ruthless leaders, as has been seen in countless countries within Africa.

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