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Guatemalan journalists deny Swedish Embassy's accusations of defamation


The Embassy of Sweden in Guatemala accused two journalists of defamation for stating on television that the Swedish government finances terrorist groups in this Central American country, reported the Guatemalan Center of News Reports (CERIGUA in Spanish). Read more »


Venezuelan radio journalist threatened by state officials

The radio host of the program "Semicolon," Adolfo Superlano, requested protection from the prosecutor's office as the journalist said he felt threatened and feared being physically abused by officials of the state of Barinas, in southwest Venezuela, reported the network International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) on Friday, March 9. Read more »


Community radio tower is destroyed in Brazil, forcing station off the air

In the early morning of Tuesday, March 6, a communications tower of a community radio station was destroyed in Santo Antônio do Leverger, roughly 20 miles from Cuiabá, capital of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The journalist in charge of the radio station, Júlio Pedroso, said he suspected that the vandalism was tied to political reasons, reported the news site Gazeta Digital. Read more »


Anonymous reader threatens to dismember magazine journalists in Tijuana, Mexico


A magazine in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, said that its journalists received death threats in the comment section of it's website, reported the Center of Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET). Read more »


Washington journalists say federal agencies limiting free flow of information, according to new survey

A new survey from the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), released Monday, March 12, in accordance with Sunshine Week, shows that reporters covering the U.S. federal agencies face so many roadblocks in trying to access information and interview officials that "most reporters considered the control to be a form of censorship and an impediment to providing information to the public," according to the report. Read more »


Cuba remains on "Enemies of the Internet" list; Venezuela taken off watch list

On Monday, March 12, the World Day Against Cybercensorship, Reporters Without Borders released its "Enemies of the Internet" list for 2012, placing Cuba on the list of countries that restrict Web freedom. In 2011, Cuba also appeared on the list. Read more »


Killing in Honduras prompts Reporters Without Borders to demand international mission to investigate crimes against journalists


A radio broadcaster became the 19th journalist killed in Honduras since 2010, prompting press groups to call for an investigation into the violence, reported the Associated Press. Read more »


Bolivian government approves decree guaranteeing transportation for journalists working at night

The Bolivian government approved a decree requiring media owners to guarantee transportation at night for journalists and other press workers, reported radio station FM Bolivia. The door-to-door transport is supposed to run from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Read more »


How to write for digital media: Techniques for web writing

Online news consumption is becoming important around the world as audiences and investments grow exponentially. In the United States, digital media advertising revenue is increasing while traditional media revenues are decreasing, and in Brazil, online advertising revenue is expected to surpass print in 2015. Read more »


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