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The Venezuelan Supreme Court approved the request to seek extradition of Walid Makled, alleged Venezuelan drug dealer arrested in Colombia last week, reported the Associated Press. Makled is considered the mastermind behind the 2009 killing of journalist Orel Sambrano, according to El Universal. read more »

Over the first six months of this year, the region has passed Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, as the area with the most journalists killed, the International Press Institute announced in its Six-Month Death Watch report. read more »

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» Media in the line of fire (Periódico Síntesis)
» Freedom of expression in Mexico runs a "great risk" due to narco crimes (La Vanguardia)

Public Security Minister Oscar Álvarez submitted a report to congress this week about the deaths of 10 Honduran media workers, seven of whom were killed this year, El Heraldo reports. read more »

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» Inter-American Human Rights report riles government (Inter Press Service)

Tim Padgett reports in Time magazine that two gunmen opened fire on Lucas Manzanares, a close aide to the publisher of one of Honduras’ leading newspapers, sparing him and his wife, who were driving in his pickup truck, but killing his daughter and granddaughter. read more »

Human rights experts from the United Nations urged the government to take urgent measures to protect journalists in Honduras, where seven media workers have been assassinated since March 1, the AFP and EFE news agencies report. read more »

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has presented formal charges to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, regarding two Brazilian journalists whose alleged killers remain unpunished, IAPA reports. read more »

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» IAPA fights against impunity in the 2001 killing of a Brazilian journalist (May 2009) (Knight Center)

Public Security Minister Óscar Alvarez rejected the claims made by Amnesty International and other non-governmental organizations that point to the existence of an organized group that seeks to silence the Honduran press, Spain's El Mundo reports, with information from news agencies. read more »

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» Pressure mounts on Honduras as journalist death toll rises (Inter Press Service)

Security Minister Óscar Álvarez offered $5,200 for information that helps to capture the killers of five journalists and other crimes against prosecutors, judges, and attorneys, La Tribuna reports. read more »

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» Honduras: Deadliest Month Ever for Reporters (Inter Press Service)

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 »

Evaristo Pacheco Solís, a reporter for the weekly “Visión Informativa” (Informative Vision), was found shot to death Friday near the state capital, Chilpancingo, Guerrero, in southern Mexico, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. read more »

In its annual report on the state of freedom of expression in Mexico, the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET) documented aggressions agains 183 journalists and 19 media organizations for reasons connected to their work. Thirteen media workers were killed during the year. Download CEPET’s news bulletin and the full report (PDF file). read more »

Police in Portuguesa state have arrested the suspected assassin of Wilmer Ferrer, an editor for Panorama newspaper whose body was identified last week, El Nacional reports. The suspect was driving the journalist's stolen car. read more »

Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, the lone suspect in the 2006 shooting death of journalist Brad Will, was cleared by a federal court in Oaxaca state, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times report. read more »

With eight journalists killed in 2009 and already three more slain this year, Mexico has appointed a new special prosecutor for crimes against journalists, The Associated Press reports. read more »

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» Attacks on the Press 2009: Mexico (Committee to Protect Journalists)
» Mexico's killing fields (Opinion) (Los Angeles Times)

Only days after the news of another journalist’s slaying, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) said it will send an international delegation to Mexico, Feb. 14–17. The delegates will meet with President Felipe Calderón and other officials to push for more action to halt the violence and impunity. read more »

At least 68 journalists were killed because of their work in 2009, the highest number ever counted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ is still investigating 20 other journalist killings to determine if they were work-related. read more »

Juan Cuevas, editor of a newspaper in the southern state of Guerrero is used to getting phone calls from traffickers. "They call and say: 'You only have to inform. Do not investigate, do not comment, do not editorialize,'" Cuevas tells the AFP news agency. read more »

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» Michoacán journalists under siege with nowhere to turn (Committee to Protect Journalists)

The world’s largest assembly of news publishers opened in India Tuesday with its president condemning the “wholesale slaughter” of 30 colleagues in the Philippines, the Inquirer of Manila reports. read more »

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» World Newspaper Congress opens in India (Associated Press)
» Don't focus only on negatives, India's president tells global media (Indo-Asian News Service (IANS))
» Newspaper sales highest in India, China and Japan (The Economic Times)

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) praised a Supreme Court decision (PDF file) to reverse a ruling that freed one of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas’ killers, EFE reports. read more »

Mexico’s deployment of thousands of soldiers to the northern city of Ciudad Juárez hasn’t kept assassins from striking at will, killing 18 people at a drug treatment center last September, and opening fire this week at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, killing one. read more »

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» Attacks on Mexican journalists are out of control, international groups warn (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)