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More than 2,000 journalists killed worldwide in 25 years; Mexico is the third deadliest country, says IFJ

Mexico is the third deadliest country for journalists and other media workers in the world with 120 murders in the last 25 years, according to a report from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) that was released Feb. 3. Read more »


Mexican judge orders Attorney General to take case of murdered journalist

After a year of legal delays, a federal judge has ordered Mexico’s Attorney General's Office (PGR) to investigate the murder of journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo through the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE). Read more »


Amid attacks, journalists demand guarantees for election coverage from outgoing Haitian president

Journalists in Haiti and the Dominican Republic urged the current Haitian President Michel Martelly to give them all guarantees necessary to properly cover the electoral process, which, they say, is taking place in the midst of attacks on freedom of expression by the outgoing government. Read more »


Brazil's third oldest newspaper terminates its print version

On the last day of 2015, the Brazilian newspaper O Mossoroense printed its last edition on paper, and now offers only digital content on its website and mobile app. Created in 1872 in the northeastern city of Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, the newspaper is the third oldest in Brazil, according to the National Association of Newspapers. Read more »


Man accused of crimes against Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya accepts charges against him after 15 years

Fifteen years after Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima was kidnapped, tortutured and sexually abused, one of the men accused in the crimes has accepted the charges.

The Attorney General’s Office delivered the charges to Mario Jaimes Mejía, also known as ‘El Panadero,’ at a hearing that took place Feb. 2, according to various local media outlets and the journalist. Read more »


In the press, on TV and Twitter, the president of Ecuador wages another war of words against cartoonist Bonil

In the continuing saga between Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa and cartoonist Xavier
“Bonil” Bonilla, the head of state took time out of his weekly national broadcast Jan. 30 to address a recent cartoon published in newspaper El Universo.


Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora will replace its Sunday edition with a bigger weekend edition

After a year in which all major Brazilian newspapers experienced a decline in the circulation of their print editions, new strategies are beginning to emerge to deal with a situation in which rethinking business models is imperative. Read more »


Venezuelan newspapers declared to be in emergency due to newsprint shortage

The 86 newspapers that are part of the Regional Chamber of Venezuelan Newspapers were declared to be "in emergency" after the organization learned that there is no paper to continue operations, according to the newspaper La Nación in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. Read more »


Using humor and satire against attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador: Censuracom vs. Supercom

With a "humorous and satirical tone" the Andean Foundation for Social Observation and Media Study, known as Fundamedios, launched Censuracom.ec, in which the organization recorded "the most alarming attacks on freedom of expression and of the press" in Ecuador. Read more »


'News Truck' will travel to 16 Brazilian cities showing the history of journalism

Starting in May, residents of 16 cities in Brazil will be able to learn more about the history of journalism, remember important Brazilian reporters and follow a live broadcast of a radio program. All off this will be in a moving museum called “News Truck: Roving Journalism,” a project created by Comunique-se Group that aims to bring the journalistic experience to the public and celebrate the history of making news. Read more »


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