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Media groups form coalition in legal fight for source protection in U.S.

A coalition of 29 news outlets and organizations has filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking the court to uphold a lower-court's decision blocking prosecutors from forcing New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources, reported Politico. The amicus brief, filed on behalf of the news groups on Tuesday, Feb. 21, argues that "the confidentiality of journalists’ communications with their sources has been vital to ensuring that the press effectively performs its constitutionally protected role of disseminating information to the public." Read more »


Honduran soldiers threaten foreign correspondents covering land conflicts


An Italian journalist criticized Honduran soldiers for intimidating and threatening foreign press members who were covering the International Gathering for Human Rights, held in the Lower Aguán, a valley in northern Honduras where farm workers seeking to reclaim their lands have suffered repression and abuse, reported the organization C-Libre. Read more »


Journalists worldwide contending with violence, censorship and impunity, says annual CPJ report

Around the world, at least 46 journalists were killed for their work in 2011, and another 35 deaths are being investigated to determine whether they were journalism related, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) annual report documenting attacks on the press, reported the news agency AFP. Read more »


Two Argentine journalists threatened at gunpoint, warned to stop reporting


Two Argentine journalists were threatened at gunpoint on Monday, Feb. 13, in La Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). Read more »


Mexican soccer teams ban access to reporters, photographers


Twelve Mexican soccer teams announced that they would prevent reporters from a Mexican sports newspaper from entering their stadiums, reported the magazine Proceso on Saturday, Feb. 18. Read more »


Police investigation strengthens argument that killing of Brazilian editor was motivated by his journalistic work

After speaking with the victim's friends and relatives, investigators into the death of Brazilian journalist Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues have found stronger evidence that the reporter was killed because of his journalistic activities, explained the news website Midiamax. Read more »


Registration is now open for the 2012 International Symposium on Online Journalism

The 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), the annual global conference that brings more than 200 media executives, journalists and scholars from the United States and around the world to the University of Texas at Austin on April 20-21, is now open for registration.

ISOJ is unlike any other conference because it offers a unique blend of academic research and perspectives from online journalism industry leaders. Read more »


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