JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: censorship


The Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Stations (ABERT), has decided to go to the Federal Supreme Court over two sections of the Election Law: paragraphs forbidding jokes about politicians and the prevention of broadcasters from disseminating opinions about party candidates during campaigns. read more »

A group of comedians gathered Sunday, Aug. 22, on the beach of Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, to demonstrate against a law that bans parodies and jokes about candidates during election campaigns in Brazil, reported O Globo. read more »

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 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 »

After slamming WikiLeaks in an open letter to Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blower website, Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday, Aug. 17, issued a clarification reaffirming its support for the site.

After WikiLeaks posted online 92,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war, Reporters Without Borders criticized the site's lack of responsibility. read more »

Violence against journalists in Honduras and Mexico and government actions against the media in Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia were discussed this week at a U.S. House panel on press freedom in the Americas, The Dallas Morning News and AFP report. read more »

Journalists who cover environmental degradation are increasingly subject to threats and attacks, according to a new Reporters without Borders investigative report, “High-Risk Subjects: Deforestation and Pollution” (PDF file). Its publication is timed to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5).

The Paris-based group focuses on examples of repression in eight countries, including three in Latin America: read more »

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» Chevron sues over 'Crude' (Opinion) (Los Angeles Times)

The Paraguayan Journalists' Union (SPP) says media workers in Ciudad del Este are subject to persecution, firings for political reasons, censorship, and threats, Última Hora reports. The union blames the city’s mayor and her supporters for the abuse. read more »

A court injunction prohibits the newspaper Diário do Grande ABC—which covers seven industrial cities in Greater São Paulo—from publishing articles about a city government's questionable disposal of school furniture that was said to be in good condition, the newspaper reports. read more »

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» Brazil court ruling on censorship alarms press freedom defenders (Knight Center)

Beto Ortiz, a well-known local media figure, was dismissed from Frecuencia Latina (Channel 2) for “editorial differences,” and his column in Perú21 has been discontinued. In an interview with Dedomedio magazine, the journalist claims that his departure from both media is a way to censor him for his "impertinence" in reporting irregularities in the transfer of ownership of América TV (Channel 4) to the media groups of El Comercio and La República during the administration of President Alejandro Toledo. read more »

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» Ortiz's dismissal is a form of censorship, Peruvian Press Council says (CPN Radio)

A draft law that establishes internet rights and responsibilities for citizens, business, and the government has received hundreds of responses since the online comment period began last month. read more »

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» Google releases information on content-removal requests (Portuguese) (Knight Center)

At its midyear meeting in Aruba, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) warned of a strong deterioration in press freedom in the region, with the worst wave of violence in many years, the persistent violation of freedom of expression, and the growing approval of laws that restrict the press. read more »

President Hugo Chávez denies wanting to censor access to Internet and announced this weekend that he will start his own web page called “My trench” (Mi trinchera) for providing information and responding to his enemies, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News report.

Chávez’s calls last week for greater read more »

Foreign correspondents on the island say they face expulsion or strong pressures from the government when reporting delicate stories, Juan Tamayo writes for El Nuevo Herald (Spanish). read more »

Advocates for press freedom in Brazil and abroad have reacted to a Supreme Court decision that upholds a ban on the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo from publishing stories involving the son of former president and current Senate leader José Sarney. Fernando Sarney won a ruling July 31 that barred the newspaper from publishing information about a federal police operation involving the family name. read more »

A court has frozen the bank account of the station manager who is planning to return “The Voice” of Bagua (La Voz) to the air in early January, the CNR radio network reports. read more »

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» Peruvian journalists suffer 180 attacks in 2009, union says (AFP)
» Peru accused of stubbornness for silencing Amazon radio station (September 2009) (Knight Center)
» Information Battles in Peru’s Exploding Jungle, by Paul Alonso (June 2009) (Knight Center)

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is “widely regarded as one of the court’s most vigilant defenders of First Amendment values,” The New York Times says. But after he spoke to high school students at The Dalton School in New York City, his office told the school newspaper, the Daltonian, it couldn’t publish an article about Kennedy without his prior approval. read more »

Since July 31, O Estado de S. Paulo has not been allowed to publish stories involving the son of former president and current Senate leader José Sarney. read more »

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» O Estado de S. Paulo's special coverage of the situation (Portuguese) (O Estado de S. Paulo)

An opinion piece in the state-run Cuban daily Juventud Rebelde criticizes the “unhealthy obsession” and “paranoia” of officials who censor information and turn a blind eye to criticism in the name of protecting the country's image, EFE reports. read more »