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IAPA's Ricardo Trotti wins award for defending press freedom in Latin America


Ricardo Trotti, Argentine journalist and press freedom director of the Inter-American Press Association, received the Fight for Freedom of Expression Award in recognition of his defense of independent journalism in the Americas, during the organization's 67th annual General Assembly in Lima, Peru. Read more »


Costa Rican press denounces tensions with presidential staff


Tensions between the Costa Rican press and President Laura Chinchilla's staff came to a head when the Journalists Union of Costa Rica sent a letter to her office demanding an explanation for recent obstacles and intimidatory acts against journalists, the organization reported. Read more »


Cuban photographer defects to USA while covering Pan American Games


A Cuban photographer defected to the United States while covering the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, reported Café Fuerte, a Cuban news website based in Miami. Read more »


Knight News Challenge to hold three innovative media contests in 2012

The once-annual Knight News Challenge now will be offered three times a year, starting in 2012, in order to better keep up with innovation in the news industry, reported Journalism.co.uk.

"The innovation cycle is so short that ideas can get old in the annual contest," said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, at the World Editors Forum in Vienna, according to Journalism.co.uk. Read more »


Politico reporter forced to resign over accusations of plagiarism of at least 7 articles

On Thursday, Oct. 13, a Politico reporter resigned amid accusations of plagiarism from articles previously published by The New York Times, Associated Press, and other sources, according to The New York Times. Read more »


Brazilian TV host fired after interviewing local delegate

Brazilian television journalist Paulo Benito lost his contract with SBT affiliate TV Allamanda in the state of Rondônia on Oct. 6, after he was accused of "merchandising" for a politician, according to the website Gazeta de Rondônia. Read more »


Radio station owner threatens other radio hosts in Peru


Luis García Heras and Sandro Malca Baca, two reporters with the station Radio Armonía in Peru, said they received death threats from another station's owner and radio host, reported the Press and Society Institute. Read more »


Founder of Colombian newspaper receives 20-month prison sentence for editorial criticizing congresswoman


A Colombian court sentenced the newspaper Cundinamarca Democrática's founder and editor to 20 months in prison and a $5,500 fine for criminal libel, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists. Read more »


Journalist attacked after reporting on slave labor in Brazil

On Oct. 9, Brazilian journalist Antonio Carlos Ferrari was attacked and threatened at an event at the Itaporã city hall in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul after reporting on a local family accused of maintaining slave labor, according to the website Dourado News. Read more »


IAPA launches bilingual book of journalism scholarship winners at 67th General Assembly in Peru

At its 67th annual general assembly in Lima, Peru, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced the publication of its bilingual book “Stories and Sketches,” that recounts the experiences of journalists from throughout the Americas who have been awarded scholarships by the organization during the past 57 years. Read more »


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