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Daily News Digest: Land restitution coverage in Colombia leads to threats against journalists



  • Land restitution coverage leads to threats in Colombia. “A shadowy group that claims to oppose land restitution efforts in Colombia has told eight journalists who cover the issue to leave the northern city of Valledupar or be killed, according to CPJ interviews and news reports.” [CPJ]
One of the ads against the Koch Brothers' rumored plans to purchase the Tribune Company.
  • Public employee unions, state legislators and liberal advocacy groups are moving to prevent the sale of the Tribune Company – which owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune – to conservative billionaires David H. and Charles G. Koch. [New York Times]
  • A journalist's guide to digital security: how to encrypt documents [IJNet]
  • Twitter is not getting into the news business. [Mediashift]
  • This is the best moment to be in journalism, says magazine editor Ann Friedman. You have a world of resources, consumers have access to a world of media, you have direct access to news consumers and chaos is good for creativity. [CJR.com]
  • The cable news you watch could affect your view of Mexican migration into the United States, according to a new article. Even liberal viewers exposed to FOX News' coverage of the issue, which generally has a negative slant, reported less support for Mexican immigration. [Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media]
  • Magazines are making a comeback--at least on social media. LinkedIn and Flipboard recently released updated magazine-style curation tools for online content. [paidContent, StreetFight]
  • In Argentina, the lawyer for the Socialist Workers' Party, Myriam Bergman, demanded an explanation for police spying at the Rodolfo Walsh News Agency during the last 11 years. [UPI]
  • Honduran Radio owner Elías Chaín blamed the director of the Committee for Free Expression, C-Libre, Héctor Longino Becerra, for an attack on him that took place on Saturday, May 4, in Tegucigalpa. Chaín is opposed to the proposed Telecommunications reform bill that has been supported by C-Libre. [C-Libre]  

  • The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has not met with his country's independent press since 2007, according to Jaime Mantilla, president of the Inter American Press Association. The organization requested a meeting with Correa after his re-election in February 2013 but the president's office did not respond until Monday, May 6, with a "diatribe against IAPA." Correa has defended his record against IAPA and other press freedom groups, like Freedom House. [El Comercio]
  • Media organizations and press freedom advocates in Mexico are uncomfortable with how the Veracruz state government has closed the cases of five killed journalists. [CNN México]

  • The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, pictured to the right, will send a media bill to Parliament in the coming days. With nearly 200 articles, the bill will be the basis for a new media regulation framework in the South American country. [UNotícias]
  • The president of the Minas Gerais Legislative Assembly's Human Rights Commission requested the participation of the Brazilian federal police on Wednesday, May 8, to support the investigations into the killings of journalists in Vale do Aço[G1]
  • Prison visit records revealed that the lawyers for the gunman who killed Brazilian journalist Décio Sá frequently visited the prison where the accused masterminds of the plot are jailed. The lawyers, however, deny any connection. [G1]

 



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