Periodistas reciben becas para realizar investigaciones periodísticas en colaboración con el CPI

Periodistas del semanario Caribbean Business, los diarios NotiCel y Metro, y la revista Buena Vida fueron seleccionados para recibir becas de $2,000 para realizar investigaciones periodísticas en colaboración con el Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI). Los reportajes abordarán temas de seguridad alimentaria, desarrollo económico, salud y salud mental. De esta forma, el Instituto de Formación Periodística del CPI continúa expandiendo su oferta de desarrollo profesional para periodistas de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, en esta ocasión, con el apoyo de las organizaciones Internews, NetHope y el Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Los ganadores de la beca fueron Yanira Hernández (Caribbean Business), Tatiana Díaz y Adriana de Jesús Salamán (NotiCel), Aiola Virella y Ronald Avila (Metro) y Sandra López (Buena Vida). Del 30 de mayo al 1 de junio, el Instituto realizó la jornada de talleres Periodismo de datos sobre la recuperación, en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana.

Organizations File Lawsuit Against U.S. Department Of Treasury For Withholding Information Related To The Fiscal Control Board

A lawsuit was filed today in the New York District Court to demand information about the files related to the process of appointing the members of the Fiscal Control Board, specifically the documents related to ethical conflicts and the financial disclosures that were required, as well as other details of the creation of the entity by the PROMESA federal Act. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Investigative Journalism, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Center for Constitutional Rights against the U.S. Department of Treasury under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”.)

Plaintiffs filed their original request for information in 2017, stating the Department of Treasury breached its legal obligation by not responding timely to the FOIA request, despite having admitted that it has located the documents. The lawsuit outlines 15 types of requests that include criteria used to evaluate the members of the control board, which agencies intervened, the documents submitted by each candidate for the board, how the agency or other agencies established criteria and evaluated potential conflicts of interest, and any relevant information concerning the professional and personal background of each candidate that was used in their assessment, among others. “Having access to these documents takes on new relevance when the re-nomination of current candidates is before the consideration of Congress and when the expiration of their term approaches in August. In addition, a federal appeals court has said that the way in which the current members were appointed was unconstitutional, which makes our request and demand to understand how the vetting process for candidates was managed by Treasury more pertinent,” said Carla Minet, Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, for its initials in Spanish.)

The Treasury’s delay in producing the documents adds to the refusal by the Fiscal Control Board to the petition for some of the same materials about its members, such as the financial disclosure reports.

La mala gestión del agua agrava el impacto de la sequía en el Caribe

En la región, las islas más pequeñas tienen limitados recursos naturales de agua dulce y algunas usan plantas desalinizadoras costosas y contaminantes. Las islas más grandes, aunque tienen ríos y acuíferos abundantes por su topografía, han menguado sus reservas. Además, el aumento en el nivel del mar asociado al cambio climático expone a los acuíferos dulces a la contaminación por intrusión salina.