Latin America & the Caribbean

Internews works throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with media, universities, civil society organizations, at-risk youth, environmental journalists, and human rights advocates to expand access to information through new and traditional media, encourage transparency and accountability, and promote progressive internet policies and legislation.

Policy and Advocacy

Through the Global Internet Policy Project (GIPP), Internews works to empower civil society and business to advocate and raise awareness for internet freedoms and the critical importance of the internet as a dynamic space for freedom of expression and access to information in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Argentina.

Digital and Physical Security

Internews has trained journalists, activists and human rights defenders throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and has been at the forefront of raising information security awareness and disseminating localized digital safety training materials ranging from civil society actors and citizen journalists to youth and minority groups. Ensuring the digital and physical security of these people is critical for maintaining the unfettered flow of quality and independent information to local communities.

Environmental Journalism

InfoAmazonia, a site established by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), uses digital mapping technology to aggregate stories produced about the Amazon, particularly those related to forests, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development, spanning Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. In 2014, EJN launched CartoChaco, which is the first multimedia journalistic hub of data and information about this endangered region, covering Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil.

Data Journalism and Investigative Reporting

Internews and InSight Crime worked with journalists from independent online media outlets in Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala to produce regional multimedia investigation stories on the effect of organized crime on human rights. The data journalism and investigative reporting skills acquired by the reporters help them reveal critical issues that are endemic to the region while addressing corruption and promoting accountability. The goal is to impact data-driven policy decisions in the health sector, during elections, to mitigate conflicts, to settle land rights and to address environmental issues.

Humanitarian Information Services

After the January 2010 earthquake, Internews worked with local Haitian media and humanitarian aid agencies to get critical information directly to people in need. Internews produced a daily humanitarian news broadcast, which provided essential information, including public health advisories, to earthquake-affected populations. 

Research and Innovation

Internews has conducted research on information ecosystems in Latin America, including the Media Map Peru study, which explores Peru’s media environment and the influence and role of information in society. In Nicaragua in 2010, Internews assessed the importance of broadcast media and the relationships between local radio stations, the public, and human rights organizations. The assessment offered a comprehensive perspective on the Nicaraguan radio sector with recommendations for capacity building and strengthening bonds between Nicaraguan radio stations and community service organizations.

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    Friday, December 4, 2015

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    From declining caribou herds in the Arctic north to water shortages in Nepal, Colombia, China and the Middle East to floods in South Asia, climate change is having a dramatic effect on the world's most vulnerable populations.

    The stories and videos from A More Vulnerable World focus on the efforts of local communities to control and retain their way of life.

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