Center for Investigative Journalism gets $100,000 from Facebook Journalism Project

The Facebook Journalism Project announced today it is awarding $16 million in funds to support the operations of more than 200 news organizations in the United States and the territories. Among those selected is the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish), which will receive a contribution of $100,000 for its coverage related to the coronavirus pandemic through investigations, fact checking and litigation. The CPI was chosen among 2,000 news outlets that competed for the COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program. Almost 40% of the media outlets selected are digital publications and just over one-third are nonprofit entities. Campbell Brown, vice president of global news partnerships at Facebook, said about the staff of the selected entities that: “Not only are these journalists working tirelessly to serve people right now, but they’re focused on transformation, building innovative local news businesses that can continue to serve communities beyond the current pandemic.”

In keeping with the goal of the funding program, which aims to lay the foundation for the selected media outlet’s sustainability, in the CPI’s case, it will be invested in journalists, photojournalists, analysts and data experts, litigation expenses, equipment, publication in social networks, as well as in the general administration of the organization’s operations, among other areas.

Hundreds of employees file complaints in OSHA against employers in midst of pandemic

The Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PROSHA) received 680 complaints against employers related to the COVID-19 crisis from March 14 to April 29. Of those complaints, at least 124 were reported in April between the 1st and the 29, just before the government began the partial reopening after the curfew, and in the same week that the number of cases of infection by COVID-19 was expected to peak. The Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH, in Spanish) sent a chart where the total number of complaints differed from the figures it provided in writing to answer specific questions from the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish). The DTRH’s data shows that of the pandemic-related complaints filed against employers who kept their operations going during the quarantine, at least 50 come from hospital employees and eight from health service centers throughout the island. Among these: the HIMA Hospital in Bayamón; Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan; Menonita in Humacao; San Pablo in Caguas; Perea in Mayagüez; La Concepción in San Germán; and, Pavía in Toa Baja.

Gobierno entrega base de datos de mortalidad al Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, pero está incompleta

El Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) recibió este viernes de parte del Departamento de Justicia la Base de Datos de Mortalidad en Puerto Rico desde el 2007 hasta el 6 de mayo de 2020, como resultado de la demanda incoada por la organización el pasado 28 de abril. Una revisión preliminar de los datos recibidos revela que la información está incompleta. Entre las deficiencias detectadas figura que el mes de abril de 2020 refleja menos de 2,000 muertes, cuando por los pasados seis años las muertes mensuales en Puerto Rico de enero a abril han excedido las 2,200. En lo que va del 2020, no ha habido un mes en que las muertes mensuales en Puerto Rico hayan sido menos de 2,500 lo cual representaría una diferencia de sobre 600 muertes menos en abril con respecto a enero, febrero, e incluso marzo, cuando Puerto Rico ya vivía una cuarentena. Otros indicadores de que la Base de Datos entregada está incompleta para el año 2020 son el hecho de que la principal causa de muerte está en blanco en el 15% (1,495) de las 9,771 muertes incluidas para 2020, y que para el 6 de mayo solo se incluyen tres muertes cuando en Puerto Rico mueren en promedio de 50 a 60 personas al día.