JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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Less than a month before Venezuela's elections, President Hugo Chavez accused media liked CNN in Spanish, The New York Times, and Grupo Prisa of Spain of orchestrating a campaign of "intrigues" and "lies" about his government and of sabotaging the coming elections, reported the news agency AFP and the magazine Semana. read more »

Today for the last time the printed version of Jornal do Brasil (JB), one of the oldest newspapers in the country, will be circulated. As of Wednesday, Sept. 1, the newspaper will be available only online. read more »

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The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) warned that the sentencing of Peruvian journalist Fernando Santos Rojas to one year in jail for aggravated defamation severely limits freedom of expression. read more »

Washington Post sports journalist Mike Wise has been suspended for a month after a Twitter hoax in which he knowingly falsely claimed that suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would last for five games, according to NBC Sports. read more »

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In another chapter of the ongoing disputes between the Argentine government and the country's two main newspapers, Clarín e La Nación, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner presented on Friday, Aug. 27, a bill that would make the production, distribution and commercialization of newsprint a "public good," reported the official news agency Télam. read more »

Victims and relatives of victims recognized through images published in newspapers and magazines and broadcast on television three officials from the Sao Paulo Civil Police accused of directly participating in acts of torture, sexual abuse, forced disappearances and murder during the military regime (1964-1985), according to the http://noticias.pgr.mpf.gov.br/noticias/noticias-do-site/copy_of_direito... read more »

Colombian police de-activated a bomb alleged FARC guerrillas left outside Linda Estéreo, a community radio station in the town of El Doncello, Caquetá, reported EFE and RCN Radio. read more »

The Mexican press has become a target for drug-related violence, prompting a company to promote its bullet-proof vests as a way of protecting members of the media, according to Clarín and news agencies. read more »

Five years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, media critics and journalists reflect back on how reporters covered the disaster. read more »

Online social networking use is growing fastest among older adults, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, reported NPR and CNN. read more »

Forty Venezuelan journalists took part in the course “Electoral Coverage and Democracy,” from June 28–Aug. 11, 2010. The free, six-week course was the Knight Center's first training program designed specifically for Venezuelan journalists. It was offered in Spanish to help journalists prepare to cover Venezuela’s upcoming parliamentary elections on Sept. 26. read more »

One day after Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, announced legal proceedings against newspapers Clarín and La Nación for illegally appropriating newsprint company Papel Prensa during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), both newspapers and the government are locked in debate filled with contradicting claims about the purchase of the company back in 1976. read more »

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The president of the Chilean journalists guild, Rodrigo Miranda, criticized the country's mainstream media for ignoring the hunger strike, that began July 12, by 32 indigenous Mapuches imprisoned in southern Chile, reported BBC Mundo. read more »

Ayres Britto, of Brazil's Federal Supreme Court, granted an injunction the evening of Thursday, Aug. 26, against enforcement of a law that censors humor during election campaigns in Brazil. read more »

Paraguayan journalist Rosendo Duarte, correspondent for the newspaper ABC in the city of Salto del Guairá, on the border with Brazil, was threatened during his radio program on Wednesday, Aug. 25, ABC reported. read more »

A journalist sentenced to prison, accused of slanderous propaganda and offending the honor of Osmar Calenge, a 2004 candidate for the City Council of Lagoa Santa, in Minas Gerais, entered a request for habeas corpus before the Federal Supreme Court, asking for the se read more »

A car bomb exploded in the early hours Friday, Aug, 27, at the doors of Mexican T.V. network Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, reported CNN, El Universal and Milenio. The explosion caused damages to the building, taking the channel off the air, but hurting no one. read more »

Behemoth publication USA Today, part of the Gannett Company's chain of newspapers, has announced a massive overhaul that will de-emphasize its print version and focus more on digital content for mobile devices, reported The New York Times. read more »

One of the reporters banned by the Pentagon earlier this year from covering military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been selected as one of the winners of the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) First Amendment Award, reported McClatchy Newspapers. read more »

The vice president of Guatemala, Rafael Espada, tried to sue Marta Yolanda Díaz-Durán for libel, insult and defamation after she wrote a column published a year ago in the newspaper Siglo Veintiuno, but the Constitutional Court this week dismissed the complaint on the grounds that the journalist only expressed her opinion in the media, reported Cerigua. read more »

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