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Brazilian Twitter movement calls for improved access to broadband Internet

Internet users and media rights activists in Brazil organized a June 21 marathon of Twitter posts to call for improved infrastructure and expanded access to broadband Internet, Rede Brasil Atual reports. Read more »


Judge throws reporter out of courtroom in Brazil

Victor Avner, a reporter for the Brazilian newspaper Extra Alagoas, was verbally attacked by a federal judge, Elisabeth Carvalho do Nascimento, during an open session of court in the state of Alagoas on Tuesday, June 21, according to Extra Alagoas. Read more »


Censored blog back online but barred from discussing Brazilian governor

Journalist Esmael Morais’ blog is back online after being shut down more than two months ago at the request of Beto Richa, the governor of Paraná state. However, the journalist is still barred from discussing the politician or his family, Folha de S. Paulo reports. Read more »


El Salvador announces plan to make state-run television, radio stations autonomous


The government of El Salvador has announced a plan to make state television and radio broadcasters autonomous public media with the aim of preventing the outlets from being used to serve ruling political interests, reported the news agency AFP. Read more »


Deadline approaches for two fellowships open to Latin American journalists

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is soliciting applications for the Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship, which offers journalists from Latin America a chance to improve their skills in the United States. Read more »


Chilean government's decision to monitor social networks sparks debate about Internet privacy, threats of cyber attacks


The announcement that the Chilean government will begin to monitor comments on social networks has prompted controversy among Facebook and Twitter users and sparked a debate about Internet privacy. Read more »


Knight News Challenge awards $4.7 million for innovative media projects

Tools for managing, visualizing, and distributing data was a recurring theme in the 16 vanguard media projects that will share $4.7 million in funding from the 2011 Knight News Challenge. Since it began in 2006, the initiative, primarily funded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, has given out $27 million to 76 projects to promote journalistic innovation. Read more »


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