The past year has witnessed stark changes in the state of media freedom across Latin America, from a precipitous decline in Nicaragua to glimmers of improvement in Ecuador. But can monitoring and review offer lessons for improvement and reform? A new report from one regional initiative highlights possibilities for civil society in leveraging such processes, from country-level partners to the United Nations High Level Review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) reports:
Over the past two years, Voces del Sur, a network of freedom of expression organizations in Latin America, has developed regional standards for the monitoring and dissemination of alerts regarding freedom of expression. The findings of this collaborative work are included in a new report, launched in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation, that examines pressing issues for regional collaboration, such as journalist safety and incorporating freedom of expression concerns into the implementation of the SDGs.