JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: photojournalism


Even as controversy erupted in Venezuela over a ban on the publication of violent photos, in Colombia a senator from the ruling coalition has offered up a bill that would prohibit the publication of "mildly pornographic" or sensational images in print media and websites, reported El Espectador and the news agency Europa Press. 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)

The Venezuelan prosecutor's office is investigating opposition newspaper El Nacional for publishing on its front page a photo of a dozen dead, naked bodies in a morgue, reported the Associated Press and the Latin American Herald Tribune. read more »

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» Caracas morgue photo irritates Chavez (ABC)

Mexican photogrpaher Alejandro Cossío, of the weekly ZETA in Tijuana, was awarded for his work “Mexico at the Breaking Point,” announced the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI). read more »

La Jornada reports that both the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Against Freedom of Expression and the National Human Rights Commission (NCHR) are investigating the complaint of photojournalist Irineo Mujica Arzate, who is accusing agents of the National Institute of Migration (INM) of hitting him and stealing his equipment. read more »

The June 19 edition of The Economist published on its cover an altered photo of President Obama standing on the shore of a Louisiana beach, The New York Times reported. read more »

Mexico’s growing drug violence is a leading topic of news around the world, making headlines this week, for example, not only in English and Spanish, but in Arabic, Japanese, read more »

The Lens photography blog of The New York Times features the essay Surreal Selves in Rio about Carnaval celebrations in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, a world away from the official parades. The 19 images are part of an ongoing project by photographer Rogério Reis of Rio de Janeiro read more »

Helena Christensen, a half-Peruvian, half-Danish former supermodel, travelled to her mother's native Peru to document the effects of climate change on indigenous people. The images are on display in London's Proud Gallery until Nov. 29, the AFP news service reports. They will appear at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Dec. 7-18. read more »

The fall in prices for celebrity photos shows that the paparazzi haven't escaped the economic downturn, Nicole LaPorte writes for The Daily Beast. This is a drastic shift from a year ago, when pictures of a Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins sold for $14 million. read more »

A story in Estado de S. Paulo newspaper describes the work of Douglas Nascimento, who with a small digital camera captures scenes of abandonment in Brazil's largest city.

"Every single Saturday night, when the city is still waking up, this 34-year-old local photographer of 34 roams the most hidden corners of Sao Paulo in search of ruins, filth and degradation," the story says. read more »

An Associated Press photo of U.S. Marine John Bernard's last moments after being fatally shot in Afghanistan has drawn heavy criticism from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, while many newspapers have decided not to publish the image, Editor & Publisher reports. read more »

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» AP holds photo of Afghanistan marine casualty for three weeks (Photo District News)
» American Legion National Commander Blasts AP decision to release image of fallen marine hero (Business Wire)

The sound of a gunshot in the provincial capital of San Francisco Gotera stopped journalist Harry Mattison in his tracks. read more »

The New York Times accidentally published photographs in its Sunday magazine that had been digitally altered, its editors informed readers. See (this story) by the Associated Press. The shots by freelance photographer Edgar Martins were removed from the newspaper’s Web site. read more »

The Deena Stryker Photographs collection is now available digitally through Duke University Libraries. The collection contains photographs of Cuba taken between July 1963 and July 1964 by the journalist after whom the collection is named. read more »

The jury of the 52nd annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by U.S. photographer Anthony Suau as the World Press Photo of the Year for 2008. read more »

World Press Photo, an independent non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, invites professional photographers and photojournalists to enter the 2009 World Press Photo contest.

Not only photographers, but photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from anywhere in the world are invited to submit their best news pictures of the previous year. Winners will be announced in February. read more »

Independent photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale has spent several years documenting humanitarian crises in countries such as the Congo, Chad, and Sudan. Earlier this year he gave a lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara, featuring a multimedia presentation of his work. A video of that lecture was posted this week. read more »

Photojournalist Luiz Vasconcelos has covered the region for more than 35 years for the newspaper A Crítica, of Manaus (Amazonas state), including 15 of those as a police reporter. In an interview with the Portal Imprensa site, he recalls violent clashes with police after refusing to surrender his film. read more »