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Local level journalism and democracy indicators in Latin America

By Fernando J. Ruiz

- The worst areas to practice journalism in Latin America.
- Improvements seen from May to November in some of the worst areas mentioned in the first report.
- Democratization of the State is still the main task to improve freedom of press.
- Press and democracy at "two speeds" in almost every country.
- Outside the black, red or brown areas of Latin America, there is a debate on a new agenda concerning limits on freedom of press and the right to  information.
- Growing conceptual discussion on the political role of the media that may influence freedom of press.
- Two sides of the legislative surge on four topics directly related with the practice of journalism.

Fernando J. Ruiz is a professor of Journalism and Democracy at the School of Communication of the Austral University and Advisor for the Democratic Strengthening Area of the Centre for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). He has a Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Navarra where he obtained the extraordinary award for his thesis.

He is the author of the books "Las palabras son acciones: Historia política y profesional del diario La Opinión, 1971-1977" (Perfil Libros) and "Otra grieta en la pared. Informe y testimonios de la nueva prensa cubana (CADAL / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung). He coordinated the publication of the book "Prensa y Congreso: trama de relaciones y representación social" (La Crujía Ediciones).

Fernando J. Ruiz
Fernando J. Ruiz
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PhD in Public Communication (Universidad de Navarra) and degree in Political Science (Universidad Católica Argentina). Professor and researcher of Journalism and Democracy and History of Communications at Universidad Austral. He is the author of “Las palabras son acciones: historia política y profesional del diario La Opinión de Jacobo Timerman, 1971-1977”, “Otra grieta en la pared: informe y testimonios de la nueva prensa cubana”, “El señor de los mercados. Ámbito Financiero, la City y el poder del periodismo económico”. He is the president of the Foro del Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA).

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