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Court annuls defamation sentence against Peruvian journalist 'Rafo' León

A Peruvian court annulled the conviction of Rafael Léon Rodríguez, a Peruvian journalist who was sentenced on May 3 for aggravated defamation, La República reported. The original sentence carried a one-year suspended prison term and a payment of 6,000 nuevo soles (about US $1,800) in civil damages. Read more »


Murder of Colombian journalist Flor Alba Núñez still unresolved one year later

September 10 marks one year since the murder of Colombian journalist Flor Alba Núñez in the city of Pitalito, in the department of Huila. In that time, her family, colleagues and organizations defending freedom of the press have fought to investigate the crime and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Read more »


The García Márquez Journalism Award announces the top 40 works that are part of its Official Selection

The Gabriel García Marquéz Journalism Award announced on Sept. 8 the top 40 journalistic works that form part of its Official Selection for 2016.

Click here to see the entire Official Selection list. Read more »


Detention of Venezuelan journalist denounced as retaliation for covering protests against Maduro

The Sept. 3 detention of lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar Alonso on Margarita Island in the state of Nueva Esparta in Venezuela has caused indignation and rejection. Family members, as well as local and international human rights organizations have labeled the case a “total abuse” and an attack of press freedom in the country. Read more »


Brazilian government withdraws autonomy of state broadcaster EBC and tries again to fire its president

The Brazilian government changed the structure, as well as the rules of appointment and dismissal of presidents, of the Brazilian Communications Company, which runs a news agency and broadcasting stations of the federal government. The changes get rid of the Board of Trustees that had been created to give the EBC autonomy from the government.

Along with the changes published on Sept. 2, the government of President Michel Temer dismissed journalist Ricardo Melo for the second time and named Laerte Rímoli as president of the EBC. However, they have reversed that decision. Read more »


Cameraman and community leader killed in southeastern Guatemala

A gunman fatally shot Felipe David Munguía Jiménez, a cameraman for Canal 21 and a community leader, in the department of Jalapa in southeastern Guatemala on Sept. 4. Read more »


The Huffington Post debuts new site in Spanish based on news from Mexico

The Huffington Post launched its second venture in Latin America on Sept. 1 with the addition of Huffington Post México in Spanish.


Local and international journalists face restrictions from government when covering massive protest in Venezuela

A day of demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas ended with complaints of restrictions on freedoms of the press and of expression, including attacks and temporary detentions of some media workers, as well as international journalists being banned from entering the country. Read more »


Honduran journalist convicted of defamation faces up to three years in prison and a professional ban

In Honduras, investigative journalist Ariel Armando D’Vicente Jarquín, 48, was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of defamation for reporting on a former police chief, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Students of video course from ANJ and the Knight Center receive training at YouTube Space in São Paulo

Fifteen students selected from the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Portuguese, “News video production for the internet,” participated in a training event at YouTube Space in São Paulo on Aug. 31. The students attended a special workshop on video production taught by YouTube staff. Read more »


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