Currently with the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 cases, Brazil has seen a setback in government transparency, including data on the pandemic. After the federal government tried to change the disclosure of the disease data, omitting the cumulative numbers of cases and deaths - news organizations took an unprecedented initiative and teamed up to collect and publish figures from the state health departments. Brazilian journalist and JSK Fellow Natalia Mazotte will detail state of access to information and press coverage in Latin America's largest country amid the coronavirus crisis
Natália Mazotte has been working as data journalist and digital entrepreneur for more than 10 years. She was selected as JSK fellow 2020 at Stanford University, where she spent a year developing a project to help local journalists to use data more effectively in Latin America. As a former Executive Director at Open Knowledge Brazil, Mazotte led award-winning civic technology projects, advocacy campaigns for transparency, and data literacy initiatives. She has co-founded the news startup “Gênero e Número”, the Brazilian Data Journalism and Digital Methods Conference (Coda.Br) and the data-driven news agency J++ São Paulo.