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Shortcomings, controversies of Brazil's new information access law

Two days after the Brazilian information access law went into effect, the Forum on the Right of Access to Public Information (FDAIP in Portuguese) published a recounting of the law's shortcomings and controversies. Read more »


Storify: More resources, legal mechanisms needed to protect journalists, says OAS' freedom of expression rapporteur

On Monday, May 21, during the first panel of the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Organization of American States, Catalina Botero, discussed "Strategy to Improve Safety and Protection Mechanisms to Combat Impunity." Moderated by Jaime Abello, executive director for the Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation (FNPI in Spanish), the panel was part of the largest ever Austin Forum, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Kidnapped Mexican journalist found dead in Sonora; no official search ever conducted


One day after reporter Marcos Ávila was kidnapped by three armed men in the Mexican state of Sonora, authorities found the journalist's body strangled and with signs of torture. A message that has been attributed to drug-traffickers was found next to the body, reported the newspaper El Universal on the afternoon of Friday, May 18. Read more »


10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas opens with call for end to impunity in crimes against journalists

The 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas kicked off the night of Sunday, May 20, with an examination of some of the major security issues facing journalists throughout the Americas. During the Forum's opening session, Frank La Rue, the United Nations' special rapporteur for freedom of expression, along with newspaper editors from Mexico and Guatemala, highlighted the risks of independent reporting in a region increasingly racked by violence, corruption and rampant impunity. Read more »


Mexican police reporter kidnapped


Mexican authorities of the state of Sonora in northeastern Mexico, confirmed the kidnapping of a police beat journalist who covers local security and justice issues, on Thursday, May 17, reported the Associated Press. Read more »


Brazil's new information access law goes into effect

Brazilians can now count on an Information Access Law to obtain data and non-secret government documents without having to provide justification for their information requests. The information access law went into effect on Wednesday, May 16, making Brazil one of 91 countries with freedom of informationlaws, reported ABC News and the newspaper Zero Hora. Also, the decree that regulates this law was signed by President Dilma Rousseff. Read more »


Bolivian Senate proposes law to regulate social networks

The Bolivian Senate has proposed a bill that would regulate social networks, and would be attached to the Law to Fight Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination, reported the news site Eju TV. Read more »


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