Laura Vidal

Repressive legislation in Venezuela, escalating press violence in Colombia, and authoritarian drifts in Central America

April in the Americas: A free expression and civic space round-up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

How Mexico’s protection mechanism is failing journalists, Colombia takes a step in the right direction, plus Haiti’s endangered media

March in the Americas: A free expression round-up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Critical junctures: digital rights in Mexico, civil society in Venezuela, and respect for human rights in El Salvador

A new year begins in the Americas: A free expression round-up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Looking ahead: Argentina at a crossroads, media and women’s rights at risk

IFEX Americas Regional Editor Laura Vidal looks into what lies ahead for Argentina following the election of Javier Milei.

Digging into the reality of shutdowns in the Americas: An insidious threat

Special Issue: Laura Vidal looks into internet shutdowns and the complexities of this practice in the region. Based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

A constant struggle: Impunity and journalists’ safety in electoral contexts in the Americas

Special International Day to End Impunity Issue: Laura Vidal’s latest Americas brief shines a light on the intersections between impunity, journalists’ safety and elections, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Expanding access to information and countering information deserts: The vital pulse of radio

Special Issue: Laura Vidal brings an access to information focus to her latest regional brief, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Rising death toll in Mexico, looming threats to Guatemalan democracy and Ecuador’s press freedom

July 2023 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Journalists and members of the Guatemalan Civil Society take part in a sit-in against the threat to freedom of expression and the criminal prosecution of communicators, outside court in Guatemala City, 4 March 2023. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Peru rejects “gag law”, concerns & high expectations in Guatemala, and alarming unrest in Argentina

June 2023 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

The criminalisation of journalism in Guatemala, the latest on Jineth Bedoya’s case, and standing up to book bans in the U.S.

May 2023 in the Americas: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

An eventful international day of press freedom in the region, with gains and losses

Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Bills menace press freedom in Peru, worrying findings in Mexico, and TikTok ban raises questions

March 2023 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Preventing digital violence against women in Colombia, political prisoners released in Nicaragua and “apology of terrorism” criminalised in Peru

February 2023 in the Americas: A special feature on new legislation aiming to defend women’s safety in the digital space in Colombia plus the latest free expression news from the region, produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal.

Brazil’s new crisis, plus actions undermining journalists, media outlets, broadcasters in Peru and Venezuela

January 2023 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.