JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: Coverage of violence


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 »

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» 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)

Clashes between rival gangs in a Rio de Janeiro favela left at least 21 dead and a police helicopter and eight buses destroyed, The Associated Press and O Globo report. The sudden spike in violence, the city's worst recent oubreak, drew independent and de facto citizen journalists to the scene. Some examples: read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Rio attack doesn't mean militarization of drug trafficking (Portuguese) (Estado de S. Paulo)

Colombian feature writer and multimedia editor Juanita León says the journalist's role is to record what happens and — in cases of violent conflicts — to register the pain of the victims. read more »

Colombian journalist Hollman Morris has enough reasons to leave his home country, but he has a higher calling and assures he will not give in.

“We live in a country at war, marked by the war; we have to give face and voice to the victims of that war. My role is to take those people out of anonymity and combat the barbarity,” Morris said during a talk at the University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 10 that was organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. read more »

The Dart Center offers six expense-paid Ochberg Fellowships to mid-career journalists who wish to apply in-depth knowledge of emotional trauma to improve their coverage of violent events.

The fellowships are open to print and broadcast reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience. (See list of previous fellows.) read more »