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Daily Digest: Mexican state blocks access to police, court information



  • Mexico's representative to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, Javier Hernández Valencia, said decreased media attention has lead to a perceived drop in violence in the country. "We're not cowing to censorship but I admit that the (current administration's) change in discourse has a powerful carryover effect on the national conversation," he said in an interview with the magazine Proceso. He also noted that the fact that fewer journalists were killed was not necessarily a sign of improving security for the press. "The end to the massacre of journalists in a city or state has more to do with the fact that now all journalists are gagged by organized crime leaders." [Proceso]
  • A judge in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, has determined that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a defamation lawsuit against Martín Ruiz Rodríguez. The journalist for the website e-consulta referred to a state official as "mediocre," among other things, in his opinion column Señorío Tlaxcalteca. Ruiz was arrested and fined on April 7. [CNN México]
Tracking The New York Times' use of "illegal immigrant" over the years. Source: Poynter
  • Data visualization tracks The New York Times' use of "illegal immigrant" over time, consultant says it could help keep news organizations accountable and drive change in the newsroom. [Poynter]
  • Toronto Star newspaper experiments with e-book subscriptions to support longform journalism. [Mashable]
  • Set to surpass $24 billion in 2013, advertising still drives online media, report says. [Street Fight]
  • New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan asks the Gray Lady's reporters how they wrangle with controversial terms, like "torture." [The New York Times]
  • Recycling journalism: Through content marketing, a growing number of media companies are trying to extend the lives of news stories with otherwise short lifespans. [Nieman Lab]
  • A proposed Hawaii law would limit the use of anonymous sources and would remove protections on other reporting. [Poynter]
  • Registration is open for the "Crime News" conference set for April 25, in São Paulo, Brazil. The event will cover the press' influence on criminal trials, secrecy and the right to access information, among other topics. [Hotsite do seminário

  • A new report compares both Venezuelan presidential candidates' records on freedom of expression. [Espacio Publico]
  • The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) released free multimedia materials for World Press Freedom Day on May 3. [IJNet]


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