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Judge orders Idaho newspaper to identify anonymous commenter

A judge in Idaho has ordered the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper to identify an anonymous reader who posted a disparaging comment about a local politician on one of the newspaper's blogs, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. The judge's ruling limits "free speech in the online age," noted the Talking Points Memo news blog. Read more »


Press organizations condemn censorship as Brazilian judge forces digital newspaper to remove content

In an injunction, a Brazilian judge from the city of Vitória, in the state of Espírito Santo, forced the digital newspaper Século Diário to take down five published stories -- three news reports and two editorials -- that mentioned a local prosecutor, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Several press organizations condemned the censorship, including the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ in Portuguese), reported the Brazilian Press Association. Read more »


Colombian police attack journalist, erase information from his camera and cell phone

Police attacked a Colombian journalist who was trying to cover a bank robbery in the city of Barranquilla, in northern Colombia, reported the newspaper El Espectador. Read more »


Bolivian General files lawsuit against journalist

Bolivian General Félix Rojas, who is under criminal investigation, has filed a lawsuit against a journalist for publishing about the general's alleged corruption, reported the newspaper El Diario. Read more »


VIDEO: Haiti faces threats to freedom of expression, journalist says

Gotson Pierre, founder of Alterpresse in Haiti, told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas that journalists in the Dominican Republic and Haiti are facing serious, recent threats against freedom of expression. Read more »


Press freedom, human rights groups condemn killing of Brazilian sports journalist

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday, July 11, condemned the killing of Brazilian sports commentator Valério Luiz de Oliveira, who was shot to death on July 5 in the city of Goiânia, reported the news portal Terra. Read more »


7th International Conference on Investigative Journalism gets underway in Brazil

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese) will begin on Thursday, July 12, its 7th International Conference on Investigative Journalism in the city of Sao Paulo. The conference continues through Saturday, July 14, and includes roundtables, panels, and workshops about such topics as online journalism, mega-sporting events, and elections. Read more »


Panamanian president accused of leading defamation campaign against journalists


The Panamanian press accused President Ricardo Martinelli of leading a defamation campaign against journalists critical of his administration, reported the Spanish news agency EFE. Read more »


Inmates fire at TV journalists reporting on prisons in Venezuela

A team of reporters from the Venezuelan TV channel Televen were attacked on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 10, as shots were fired from the roof of the National Prison of Maracaibo, better known as the Sabaneta prison, in the state of Zulia, reported the news site Noticias Al Día. The shots came from prisoners who were unhappy with the news information currently circulating in the country. Read more »


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