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Rule of Law & Transparency

Only two percent of Latin Americans in 2014 lived in a media environment considered free, according to a press freedom report released Wednesday by the research institute Freedom House. The report registered no collective improvement for press in the Americas from the year prior, when press freedom dropped to its lowest level in five years.

As El Salvador moves into the second semester of the year and the current government completes its first year in power, citizens demand concrete actions that improve their security situation.

Inês Etienne Romeu, a former political prisoner and the only person to survive the infamous Casa da Morte (House of Death), a clandestine torture site in Petrópolis used by Brazil’s military dictatorship, died in her sleep yesterday morning.

This week’s likely top stories: U.S.-Colombia Fifth Annual Bilateral Meeting; Protesters denounce corruption in Guatemala; Primaries for local elections held in Buenos Aires; S&P downgrades Puerto Rico; and Texas trade delegation visits Havana.

Mexico ranks second to last, after the Philippines, in an international study of impunity in 59 countries that was published yesterday.

Anti-government protesters took to the streets across Brazil on Sunday, repeating last month's demands for President Dilma Rousseff to leave office.

 

This week’s likely top stories: Brazilians demonstrate against corruption; Colombian generals investigated;  Obama and Castro hold meeting; Puerto Rico seeks debt help; Chilean communities fight mining companies over water.

In an article published on Saturday, the Brazilian daily O Estado de S. Paulo released the names of 29 of the 70 companies under investigation for bribery in Brazil’s latest corruption scandal.

The disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala has resonated with millions of Mexicans. View a slideshow from the March 26 protests here.

Ayotzinapa marks a before and after in Mexico. It has led more and more Mexicans to openly and publicly express their discontent and to evaluate proposals for change through protests, postcards and other forms of expression, joining efforts with others who also want the same things.

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