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Journalism associations condemn third killing of reporter in disastrous start to year for Brazilian press

National and international journalism associations denounced the attack that killed Brazilian journalist Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, known as Paulo Rocaro, in the early hours Monday, Feb. 13, in Ponta Porã, Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border with Paraguay. Rocaro was editor in chief of the newspaper Jornal da Praça and of the news site Merco Sul News, where he frequently wrote about politics and drug trafficking. Read more »


Argentine journalists denied access to anti-mining protests

While trying to cover anti-mining protests in the province of Catamarca in Argentina, journalists were denied access to the area, showing a deterioration in freedom of expression, said the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). FOPEA also said that several protesters and journalists were detained and harassed. Read more »


Protesters throw out TV news team covering demonstration in Rio de Janeiro

After accusations of skewed coverage of the security forces strike in Río de Janeiro favoring the government, on Sunday, Feb. 12, a news team from TV Globo was harassed and thrown out of a protest of firefighters and military police in the neighborhood of Copacabana, reported the news portal Terra and newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Read more »


Despite paying tribute to press freedom on Chile's journalism day, president still criticized by journalists

"Long live free press!" said the Chilean president, Sebastian Piñera, Monday, Feb. 13, on his Twitter account to commemorate Chile's journalism day, according to the news agency Emol. "A salute to the Chilean journalists and press on their national day," added Piñera via Twitter. Read more »


Political journalist threatened at gunpoint in Brazil

Two days after the killing of a Brazilian political journalist in the state of Río de Janeiro, Brazilian reporter Jorge Estevão received a death threat from an unknown person who pointed a gun at him early in the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11, in Cuiabá, the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso, reported HiperNotícias. Read more »


Reporters Without Borders calls for investigation into killing of political journalist in Brazil

On Friday, Feb. 10, the organization Reporters Without Borders called for a thorough investigation into the killing of Brazilian journalist Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes and his wife, Maria Aparecida Guimarães, reported the news agency EFE. The couple was shot to death in Barra do Piraí, in the state of Río de Janeiro. Read more »


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