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Melissa Vida

I am a freelance journalist based in Mexico City and cover Central America for Global Voices.

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Latest posts by Melissa Vida

24 January 2020

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

The Bridge

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

21 January 2020

Can El Salvador's hosting of a surfing Olympic qualifier alter the country's violent image?

While some Salvadorans are celebrating the opportunity to host a major championship, others claim that there are bigger priorities than the country's image abroad.

13 January 2020

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

10 January 2020

Guatemalan indigenous journalist charged with terrorism released from prison

In Guatemala, an indigenous journalist was arrested under legally dubious circumstances.

1 October 2019

While El Salvador's security improves, the country loses ground in press freedom

Advox

While there are fewer murders in El Salvador, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

17 September 2018

‘Crimes of solidarity’ in Europe multiply as 11 stand trial in Belgium for helping migrants

Activists in Belgium claim the trial is aimed at dissuading people from helping migrants by establishing an intimidating judicial precedent.

14 June 2018

Nicaraguan protesters and journalists face violent attacks on the streets and online

Advox

Journalists are being assaulted and have their equipment stolen, Nicaraguans’ Wi-Fi identifiers have been hacked.

23 April 2018

#SOSNicaragua: At least 25 killed in Nicaragua protests, including one journalist, say human rights groups

Advox

Nicaraguans are live broadcasting, tweeting and video blogging about the crisis on the ground.

3 March 2018

10,000 Belgians March for Migrants’ Rights in Brussels

Demonstrators are protesting a proposed law that grants police the right to raid homes in their search for undocumented people, something they fear is becoming all too common.

10 February 2018

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online

Advox

Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

16 December 2017

Honduran Electoral Controversy Resolved, but the Crisis is Far from Over

"The people are in the streets because they can’t take it anymore. Because they denied people their rights."

25 October 2017

The Latest Threat to Beleaguered Environmental Activists in Honduras Comes from the Law

Protesters have long been victims of extrajudicial assassinations and arbitrary incarcerations. Now they have simply been criminalized.

13 August 2017

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

Rising Voices

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

31 July 2017

El Salvador’s ‘Rainbow Crosswalk’ Promotes Pedestrian Safety and LGBTQ Rights

The first "rainbow crosswalk" in Central America hopes to guide steps towards a fairer world for LGBTQ communities.

24 July 2017

El Salvador Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Baby's Death Despite ‘Inconclusive Proof’

In the complex case of Evelyn few seem to notice the main trend regarding women tried for abortion in El Salvador: A punitive and inflexible system for poor women.