Once again proof that all it takes is some encouragement and a few — VERY FEW — bucks to put together a major effort to expose violations of human rights, including freedom of speech and press.
The crowd-sourced maps will help journalists know more about the risks they might face as the enter an area before they start “doing journalism.”
The Mexican map — Perriodistas en Riesgo — was created in 2012 and focuses on where journalists are under threat.
According to the Knight Center:
Attacks are divided into four categories: physical, psychological, digital and legal. Each category can then be modified by multiple subcategories. For example, a physical attack could be a kidnapping, beating, disappearance, murder, etc, and one attack, such as a reporter being mugged and having his cellphone and laptop stolen, could be categorized as a physical and a digital attack.
The Brazilian map — Violacoes a Liberdade de Expressao — casts a much wider net. It only started in November 2014 but does look at all forms of violations of freedom of expressions, including attacks on journalists and legal proceedings designed to silence human rights advocates.
The items on the Brazilian site are confirmed by Article 19 before being posted to the site.