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A woman uses her mobile phone at a spot where she can get service during a partial power outage in Caracas, Venezuela, 9 March 2019, MATIAS DELACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

News coverage of opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s arrival at the international airport and his fiery speech in a Caracas plaza were largely blacked out.

A young man wears a 'Make Dartmouth Great Again' hat before President Donald Trump signs an executive order protecting freedom of speech on college campuses, at the White House in Washington, DC., 21 March 2019, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

If the Executive Order is used to enlist federal agencies in the quest to suppress speech with which the Administration disagrees, federal agency heads and college administrators must mightily resist, including by going to court if necessary.

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IAPA President María Elvira Domínguez said, “We are pleased that after so many years of seeking justice in the case of Nelson [Carvajal] and his family members we will be witnesses and part of a ceremony in which there will be recognized the need to obtain justice for cases such as this one not to occur again.”

The German journalist Billy Six (M) talks to journalists after arriving at Tegel Airport, 18 March 2019; next to him are his father Edward (l) and his mother Ute, Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images

Venezuelan authorities granted Six conditional release on the night of 15 March, with orders to present himself to authorities every two weeks and refrain from speaking about his case.

A newsstand set up by the Columbia Journalism Review, aiming to educate news consumers about the dangers of disinformation in the lead-up to the US midterm elections, in Manhattan, 30 October 2018, ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

The Truth on the Ballot report offers a stark warning about the normalization of fraudulent news and disinformation as campaign tactics, sounding an alarm that such unsavory methods are becoming part of the toolbox of hotly contested modern campaigns.

A woman holds a banner that reads 'Free Luis Carlos', outside the Public Prosecutor's office in Caracas, Venezuela, 12 March 2019, RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

IFEX-ALC demands the dropping of all charges and restrictions on Venezuelan rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz. Experts from the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have also expressed deep concern over Díaz’s case.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera poses in her home in Old Havana which she is remodeling to create an artist space, 14 June 2015, Noah Friedman-Rudovsky for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Art Under Pressure examines the government’s efforts to institutionalize and expand limits on creative expression by criminalizing unregistered artistic labor, authorizing censorship, and empowering a new class of state inspectors to regulate creative expression.

Protestors hold up signs reading "The media are your voice, defend them", "free press = democracy", ) and "without journalists there is no democracy" during the Day of the Journalist in Caracas, Venezuela, 27 June 2017, Manaure Quintero/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Americas have been experiencing hectic times thus far in 2019. Venezuela once again grabbed much of the attention, with protests in support of and against both the government of Nicolás Maduro and his opponent, Juan Guaidó. Meanwhile, in Honduras, the level of impunity in cases involving activists and human rights defenders took another critical turn.

Traffic passes a large LED screen showing Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump during the USA-DPRK summit, in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 February 2019, Carl Court/Getty Images

“It is deeply disturbing to see the President of the United States restrict journalists’ access in a retaliatory manner in front of a dictator who leads the most restrictive country on earth,” said PEN America Director Nora Benavidez.

The legal team of the Permanent Human Rights Commission gives a press conference on the case of Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda Ubau, in Managua, Nicaragua, 24 December 2018, MAYNOR VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda Ubau have been held in pre-trial detention on charges of “inciting violence and hate” and “promoting terrorism” since their arrests in December 2018.

The organizations that make up IFEX-ALC support those who want the acquittal of former minister Daniel Urresti to be revoked. Urresti was exonerated despite testimonials that directly implicated him in the horrible murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos.

Paraguayan journalists call for the extradition from Brazil of a suspect in the murder of their colleague Pablo Medina, in Asunción, 6 March 2015, NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images

A video tells the story of how IFEX-ALC worked with its local member SPP, along with victims of impunity, their families, journalists, officials, and others, to bring this issue to international attention.

People wait for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to re-open the Otay Mesa port of entry from Mexico into the United States, in Tijuana, 1 December 2018, John Moore/Getty Images

CPJ is concerned by reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is harassing journalists or subjecting them to invasive questioning during secondary screening when they cross into the United States.

Protesters take part in a massive rally against Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, 2 February 2019, Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The outlook is bleak, but freedom of expression defenders are continuing on with their work and making important progress.

Journalists at a hotel watch Jair Bolsonaro speak live about the results of the first round of the election, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 7 October 2018, Ian Cheibub/picture alliance via Getty Images

Jair Bolsonaro’s election reflects greater support for a conservative agenda likely to jeopardize free expression and privacy safeguards.

Venezuela is in the midst of a marked and alarming deterioration in the position of media outlets and conditions for carrying out journalism, as a result of ongoing harassment by state entities, coupled with the country’s economic crisis.