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Pulitzer journalism prize goes digital

In another seeming sign of the times, the Pulitzer Prize board has announced that from now on it will only accept submissions online, reported the Associated Press.

For the first time since the contest began in 1917, entries for the top journalism prize now will be submitted digitally. Read more »


The Boston Globe, Colorado news site, and Argentine newspaper win EPPY 2011 web awards


The BostonGlobe.com received the EPPY 2011 award for Best Daily Newspaper website in the English category, with more than one million unique visitors in one month, the newspaper reported. The Boston Globe's websites won a total of four EPPY awards.

Editor & Publisher's annual EPPY Awards honor media websites across various categories and in both English and Spanish. Read more »


Community TV, radio under attack in Chile

Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) denounced destructive attacks on media outlets in Chile, forcing some to close, reported the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish) on Nov. 29. Read more »


Brazilian Senate approves bill that would require journalists to have a degree in journalism

After arguments from the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj in Portuguese) and similar journalist groups, senators approved a bill to amend the Constitution that requires practicing journalists to have an advanced degree on Nov. 30, reported G1. There were 65 votes in favor; seven against. Read more »


Angry over story linking police with criminal gang, mob attacks newspaper in Peru


The offices of the Peruvian newspaper El Sol de los Andes in the city of Huancayo, in central Peru, were attacked by a mob protesting the newspaper's publication of stories linking police with criminal groups, according to the newspaper Crónica Viva. Read more »


WikiLeaks' latest "Spy Files" document release exposes secrets of global surveillance

On Thursday, Dec. 1, WikiLeaks published its latest document trove: more than 287 files related to 160 intelligence contracting companies in 25 countries that "develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email accounts and Internet browsing histories," reported AFP. Read more »


Groups protest rumored sale of Nicaraguan TV station to Mexican businessman


Freedom of expression organizations in Nicaragua protested the rumored sale of television station Canal 2 to the Mexican businessman Ángel González, who is also the owner of Canal 10--the most watched station in the Central American country--as well as channels 4, 9, and 11, reported the newspaper El Nuevo Diario on Nov. 29. Read more »


Mexico decriminalizes slander and libel


The Mexican Senate approved the decriminalization of slander and libel, reported the newspaper El Universal on Nov. 29. Mexico joined El Salvador as the second country in Latin America to decriminalize honor crimes, according to Newswatch. Read more »


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