JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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Cuba first digital magazine debuted earlier this month, thanks to independent blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, editor of "Voces", or Voices, reported the Miami Herald (in English), and El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). read more »

The book "Cyber-journalism: Style Book for Cyber-journalists" (written in Spanish), will be presented this Friday (Aug. 27) at the College of Communication Sciences at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, according to Noticias Al Aire. read more »

The three top candidates heading into the country’s Oct. 3 election, Dilma Rousseff, José Serra, and Marina Silva, have signed onto the Chapultepec Declaration — an international charter, first signed in 1994 in México, that protects freedom of expression and information — at this week’s Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ) congress in Rio de Janeiro. read more »

Alleged members of the organized crime group Los Zetas directly threatened the editors of La Jornada Zacatecas, Imagen, and El Diario NTR– all based in the state of Zacatecas– and demanded they put a letter denouncing the Mexican military on the front page of their newspapers, La Jornada reports. read more »

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» Kidnapped journalists from Durango request US asylum (Excélsior)
» Hundreds of Mexican journalists march to demand an end to violence and intimidation (Knight Center)
» Threats against journalists: "You're vulnerable, and it's hard to accept" (Inter Press Service)

The government of Alan García backtracked and re-instituted the operating license for La Voz de Bagua (The Voice of Bagua), the small radio station closed more than a year ago after the violent unrest in this province of the Peruvian Amazon, reported La República and EFE. read more »

The president of Brazil's National Association of Newspapers (ANJ), Judith Brito, announced that the organization is creating a board for self-regulation, reported iG. The board could begin to function as soon as the end of this year. read more »

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is organizing a course on covering natural disasters and humanitarian crises, IJNet reports. Full-time reporters working for media outlets in Central America and the Caribbean are invited to apply.

The classes be taught in English and will take place Jan. 17-21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The deadline to apply is Dec. 10, 2010. read more »

The government announced it revoked the license of Fibertel, an internet service provider owned by Grupo Clarín, the parent company of Clarín newspaper, Bloomberg reports. “Fibertel doesn’t exist anymore,” said Planning Minister Julio De Vido. read more »

A Venezuelan court has partially revoked an earlier ruling that put a 30-day ban on photos depicting violence from being published in all newspapers, reported the Wall Street Journal and EFE. read more »

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» Venezuelan newspaper challenges censorship of Hugo Chavez (in Spanish) (El Mundo)

Amid controversy over the proposed Islamic center and mosque to be built in Manhattan, blocks from the site of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, the Associated Press (AP) has sent a memo to all of its journalists, telling them to be careful not to refer to the project as the "Ground Zero mosque," reported NPR. read more »

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» Behind the News: Describing the proposed NYC mosque (Associated Press)

The Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Organization of American States (OAS), Carolina Botero, outlined 13 aspects of the proposed Communication Law that need to be changed or clarified, Hoy reports. read more »

During the wave of violence in Kenya in 2008, that stemmed from conflicts among rival political factions, a group of friends created a system in which persons in various locations could send and share, via the Internet, news about attacks and killings. The Ushahidi (witness in Swahili) online platform became a model of success for participative coverage of news worldwide. read more »

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» African program is worldwide success helping voters denounce election corruption (in Portuguese) (Carlos Castilho - Código Aberto)
» Mapping a better world (in English) (The Economist)

In response to public pressure and an information request from the Los Angeles Times, a California sheriff has agreed to turn over documents related to the 1970 slaying of a journalist by a deputy, the Los Angeles Times reported. read more »

The Chinese embassy in Canada is withholding the passport of a Canadian journalist who, after applying for a visa to visit China, refused to provide details about his personal life in Canada, reported The Epoch Times.

According to that newspaper, Zhang Zhaopei, a reporter for New Tang Dynasty Television and a naturalized Canadian citizen, wanted to visit his family, whom he had not seen in nine years. read more »

The dispute between the Clarín Group, Argentina's largest media conglomerate, and the federal government over Papel Prensa, the largest newsprint factory in the country, has intensified in recent days, with complaints, death threats, and accusations of human rights violations during the dictatorship (1976-1983). read more »

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» Ex-president Kirchner criticizes newspaper CEO Magnetto (La Nación)

In light of the investigation into the publication of a photo of dead bodies in a Caracas morgue, a Venezuelan court banned for a month the national press from publishing "violent, bloody, or grotesque images, whether of crime or not," that can affect children and adolescents, reported The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Judicial ruling prohibiting media in Venezuela from publishing violent photos called "censorship" (EFE)
» The government, the press and a packed morgue in between (Inter Press Service)
» Venezuela bars publishing violent photos for 30 days (CNN)

Raising questions about Fox News' impartiality, media magnate Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Fox's parent company, has donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), reported the BBC. read more »

Mary Cuddehe, a U.S. journalist, was offered $20,000 to spy on plaintiffs in one of the biggest environmental lawsuits in Ecuador's history, Cuddehe revealed in a first-person account published in the Atlantic.

Despite needing the money, she refused, knowing as a journalist it would be unethical. read more »

The release of various political prisoners does not mean Cuban authorities are tolerating any type of free expression on the island. read more »

The Paraguayan Journalists Union condemned an attack against Martín Caballero, a radio announcer from Radio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in the city of Villa Hayes. The group also came out against attempts to censor the radio station. read more »