JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: killing of journalist


Israel Zelaya Díaz, a renowned radio journalist from San Pedro Sula, was found dead outside the city with three bullet wounds, reported Radio-Info and La Tribuna. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Motive not yet known in death of journalist (Reporters Without Borders)
» Honduran government blamed for rash of journalist killings (Knight Center)
» A year after the coup, Honduras deadly for journalists (Knight Center)

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 »

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is refusing to release 40-year-old records related to the death of Ruben Salazar who was killed by a deputy while covering a war protest in 1970, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Salazar, a Mexican-American community advocate, columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director for KMEX-TV, believed police were following him and trying to discredit him. read more »

Sentenced to 23-and-a-half years in prison for his role in the death of television journalist Tim Lopes of TV Globo, Elizeu Felício de Souza is far from serving his jail time: he is freely selling drugs in the streets of Morro do Alemão, a shantytown in the north of Rio de Janeiro, according to Fantástico. read more »

Luis Valdez Villacorta, acquitted in February because of a lack of evidence for the killing of Alberto Rivera, was released from prison in Lima, where he had been incarcerated for 21 months, in order to wait for another trial while under house arrest, reported EFE and La República. read more »

The investigation into the 1986 death of the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper El Espectador, Guillermo Cano, will have no statute of limitations as the prosecution declared the killing, still unsolved, as a crime against humanity, reported El Espectador and El Colombiano. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Family of Guillermo Cano trusting that justice will be done (RCN Radio)
» Multimedia report recalls unsolved killing of Colombian editor Guillermo Cano (Knight Center)

Not only paramilitaries, but also government agents were involved in the 1999 killing of prominent journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Colombian intelligence official held in journalist's death (in English) (CPJ)

Two unidentified, armed assailants went to the home of journalist Juan Francisco Rodríguez Ríos and his wife María Elvira Hernández Galeana, where they ran an Internet cafe in Coyuca de Benítez, in the southern state of Guerrero, and shot them to death, reported El Universal. read more »

One year after President Manuel Zelaya was ousted from office, Honduras has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to the International Press Institute. The article includes a timeline of the murders of Honduran journalists in 2010.

The IPI is urging the government to take action to stop the killings of journalists. read more »

The broadcaster, André de Souza da Silva, 23, was killed with three bullets to the head in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, the Interior 360 news site reported. He was killed outside his home last Thursday in the town of Quipapá, and the bullets are believed to have been fired by two guns, the site said. Police found a card beside de Souza's body that identified him as a detective, and they are investigating whether his detective work may be linked to his death, Interior 360 added.

A court has sentenced the former officer, Boris Blanco, to 15 years in prison for killing news photographer Jorge Aguirre, who was covering renovations to a Caracas stadium when he decided to photograph a nearby anticrime protest, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported.
Aguirre, who worked for the newspaper chain Cadena Capriles, which publishes the daily El Mundo, was shot to death by a man on a motorcycle who claimed he was with the authorities. read more »

Despite his status as a suspect in the killing of broadcaster Tito Alberto Palma in August 2007, Fabio Vera Sanabria, was recently released from jail where he had been held in connection with the kidnapping of a Japanese businessman, ABC Color reported. read more »

Max Dunlap, a contractor who was twice convicted of killing Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles, has asked to have his life sentence commuted because he is in poor health, The Arizona Republic reports. read more »