JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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In a so-called win for television and radio broadcasters, a U.S. federal court ruled Tuesday, July 13, that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) indecency rules that regulate swearing and offensive references to sex and excrement are too vague and violate the First Amendment, the Washington Post reported. read more »

At a ceremony to relaunch state-owned Radio TGW, President Alvaro Colom announced that his government would also create a state-run news agency and TV station within two years. He says the three news outlets will form a government information system to ensure “balance” in the media, elPeriódico reports. read more »

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» President Colom creates radio program to correct "wrong information" (November 2009) (Knight Center)

Six Venezuelan TV stations were removed from the air this weekend for refusing to broadcast the president’s speech Saturday marking the anniversary of a dictator in 1958, the Financial Times reports. Among then was RCTV, a station revived on cable after the renewal of its public broadcasting license was denied in 2007. read more »

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» Dozens of Venezuela's cable channels ordered to air Chávez speeches (Knight Center)

Negotiators in both chambers of Congress agreed to prevent drastic budget cuts for the anti-Castro Radio and TV Martí services that were announced last May, El Nuevo Herald reports.

Sen. George LeMieux of Florida said the broadcasts carry important messages to Cuba about democratic values. Critics of Radio and TV Martí, however, says the programs don't accomplish their goals. read more »

President Obama nominated Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s last press secretary, to the bipartisan board that oversees Washington-sponsored broadcasts such as the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio/TV Martí, the Huffington Post and AFP report. read more »

The International Association of Broadcasting (IAB) warned that the “Bolivarian model of press control” which favors “false community media” and punishes critical voices is expanding in the region, EFE reports. read more »

Some 206 private radio stations are expected to be closed by the government in the coming days, joining 34 stations in 11 states that were shut down indefinitely over the weekend, CNN International reports. (See this story and clip from the BBC.) read more »

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» Radio dies in Venezuela (Spanish) (National Journalists Guild)
» Venezuelan bill would jail those guilty of “media crimes” (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)
» Chávez seen stepping up Venezuela media clampdown (Latin American Herald Tribune)

Cronkite, the CBS News journalist who defined the TV anchor's role for a generation of viewers, died this evening, The New York Times reports. His family said last month that he was seriously ill. read more »

Public Works Minister Diosdado Cabello says the government is ready to "intervene" if cable companies interfere with signals of State-owned TV, the Associated Press reports in Spanish. This follows an earlier threat to revoke the licenses of 240 radio stations. read more »

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» Venezuelan Government Says it Will Eliminate Telecom Monopolies (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)

Teleamazonas will appeal to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, accusing the government of Rafael Correa of violating its freedom of expression, AFP reports. read more »

Globovisión, a leading critic of President Hugo Chávez, was slapped Friday (June 5) with a fine amounting to U.S. $2.3 million, the latest in a series of actions against the station, AFP reports. read more »

The agency that oversees the Miami-based, U.S.-funded broadcasts aimed at breaking Cuba’s information blockade has submitted a budget seeking $2.4 million less than a year ago, the Miami Herald reports. read more »

For the fourth time this year, broadcasts from the radio and TV subsidiary of the country's largest media conglomerate, Grupo Clarín, were interrupted, and technicians say the acts were intentional, Clarín reports. read more »

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), the government-run TV and radio service, will cut almost 10 percent of its workforce and cut back programming to manage a shortfall of US$139 million caused by advertising cuts and aging infrastructure, Bloomberg reports.

The job cuts will include 393 employees in CBC’s English-language operations and 336 in the French-language Radio-Canada service, and 70 other employees, Bloomberg adds. read more »

Artear, an audiovisual content company of the Clarín media group, said "intentional interferences" in satellite transmissions had interrupted some of its TV channels and radio stations, Clarín and EFE report. The signals were interrupted for two or three hours, three times this week. read more »

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has proposed a bill that would reform the broadcast law in place since the last military dictatorship. The bill takes aim at media monopolies and will be debated by several organizations before moving to Congress, La Nación reports. read more »

BBC Mundo’s Fernando Ravsberg reports on a coalition of Cuban dissident groups that is criticizing the U.S. government’s broadcasts of Radio and TV Martí as focusing more on Miami politics than promoting Cuban democracy. read more »

So-called "coyotes" take advantage of the limited control over ads in smaller media markets to broadcast messages urging people to travel "comfortably and safely" to the United States, Prensa Libre reported.

According to the newspaper, human traffickers offer their illegal services mainly through provincial radio, but also in some print media. "We travel north in quality buses, with air conditioning, and there is only one hour to walk at the border with Mexico," said one of the ads. read more »

At a forum on Digital Terrestrial Television, the director of the National Television Commission (CNTV) described the impact of the coming transition from analog to digital television. Her prediction: "The lives of all Colombians will change with digital television," El Tiempo reported. María Carolina Hoyos Turbay said the transition will be done gradually and will take 10 years to complete.

In his meeting with representatives of the Ecuadorian Association of Television Channels, President Rafael Correa stressed that the country "enjoys complete freedom of expression," El Comercio reported. read more »