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Journalist groups criticize Brazilian state's creation of a communications council

On Jan. 10, Bahia became the first Brazilian state to establish a Social Communication Council characterized as a "consultative and deliberative" body charged with creating a state communication plan, reported the newspaper A Tarde. Read more »


Scholarship available for Spanish speakers seeking master's degree in journalism at U.S. university


The Carlos M. Castañeda Educational Foundation is accepting applications for a 2012-2013 scholarship for Spanish speakers seeking a graduate degree in journalism from a U.S. university. Applicants also should demonstrate a commitment to defending human rights, democracy, and press freedom. Read more »


Police in Ciudad Juarez arrest, threaten, beat Mexican photojournalist


A Mexican photojournalist was beaten and arrested by police in the border city of Ciudad Juárez after the police were photographed arresting an indigent person, according to the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET in Spanish). Read more »


U.S. government regularly monitoring news blogs, social media

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security regularly monitors dozens of websites, including Facebook, Twitter, WikiLeaks, YouTube, and even the New York Times Lede Blog, Global Voices Online, and the Blog del Narco, in order to "collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture," reported Reuters on Thursday, Jan. 11. Read more »


Reporters kept from interviewing immigrant detainees in Honduras


Honduran freedom of expression NGO C-Libre accused a regional office of the Honduran National Commission of Human Rights (CONADEH) of restricting journalists from taking photos, videos, and interviewing immigrants held in a detention center in the city of Choluteca, in the south of the country. Read more »


Brazilian reporter attacked by plainclothes cops during student protest

A Brazilian journalist was beaten and his memory card stolen by alleged plainclothes police while covering the repression of a student protest in the city of Teresina, capital of the state of Piauí in the evening of Jan. 10, reported the website O Dia. Read more »


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