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New journalism venture First Look Media launches news site The Intercept with Glenn Greenwald

Former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and e-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar launched The Intercept as the first website of their new media company First Look Media with two stories on the National Security Agency on Feb. 10. The Intercept will be part of a whole topically diverse “family of digital magazines published by First Look,” as the company announces on its blog. Read more »


Brazilian cameraman hit in the head with explosive confirmed brain-dead

Santiago Ilídio Andrade, 49, a Brazilian cameraman from Bandeirantes TV was injured last week by an explosive device during a protest in Rio de Janeiro. He was confirmed brain-dead on Monday morning by the Municipal Department of health, according to the news outlet Uol. Read more »


Top investigative journalist Giannina Segnini quits Costa Rica’s La Nación


Top investigative journalist Giannina Segnini has resigned from Costa Rican newspaper La Nación, where she worked for 20 years. According to The Tico Times, Segnini departed shortly after the Feb. 2 presidential elections in protest of the paper’s election coverage and its decision not to publish an election poll by the firm UNIMER. Read more »


Ecuador only Latin American country to make CPJ’s 2013 Risk List

Ecuador was the only Latin American country to be featured on the Committee to Project Journalists' annual Risk List, in which the organization highlights countries were press freedoms have been in decline. Read more »


Mexican protection mechanism reports having benefited 213 journalists and human rights defenders in 2013


The Mexican government's Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists reported having benefited 210 individuals and three non-profit organizations since its creation in November 2012. Read more »


Armed men kidnap Mexican journalist in the dangerous state of Veracruz

Mexican journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, a reporter who covers the crime beat in the dangerous southeastern state of Veracruz, was kidnapped on Feb. 5 near his home by a group of armed men, news magazine Proceso reported. Read more »


Fujimori reviewed content of anti-opposition newspapers before publishing, witness says

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) received the headlines and contents of the country's infamous tabloid newspapers known as "prensa chicha" before they were published, according to recent testimony heard at Fujimori's most recent trial over accusations that his government financed the newspapers in hope of boosting his 2000 election campaign. Read more »


Cartoonist publishes correction as part of Ecuador’s first sanction under controversial communications law


The Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo published a correction to a cartoon by journalist Xavier Bonilla “Bonil” on Feb. 5, ordered by the country’s Superintendent of Information and Communication due to what they considered a violation of the country's controversial Organic Law on Communications. Read more »


Mexican journalist says state government’s investigation against relative is an attempt to intimidate her news team


A Mexican journalist accused the government of the state of Chiapas of trying to intimidate her news team through legal actions against a family member. Read more »


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