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Plot of new television series revolves around the challenges of journalism in Mexico


On Monday, Aug. 8, debuts a television series in Mexico, Octavo Mandamiento (Eighth Commandment), about the problems Mexican journalists. A production of Argos TV for Channel 3 from movie and television producer Epigmenio Ibarra, the series will revolve around the owners of a Mexican newspaper.

Violence and corruption in Mexico will be addressed from the journalistic point of view, according to Argos TV. Read more »


Upset over an editorial, Brazilian mayor verbally attacks reporter

Marco Aurélio Bertaiolli, the mayor of the city of Mogi das Cruzes in Brazil, verbally attacked via telephone a reporter for the newspaper Mogi News because the politician was upset over a critical editorial, reported Blog do Miro. Read more »


Judge issues arrest warrants for radio journalist, environmentalists in Honduras


A Honduran judge issued arrest warrants for a journalist and 16 environmental leaders for allegedly opposing a forest management plan in the town of El Porvenir, in central Honduras, reported the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre in Spanish). Read more »


Peru's Congress secretly investigated phone calls of journalists who alleged corruption


The Peruvian Congress investigated telephone calls made by a group of journalists in 2008 who alleged corruption by several government officials, including President Alan García, reported the newspaper La República. The Luízar Commission, created to investigate possible wiretapping related to the case, secretly requested the journalists' telephone records from phone companies to investigate the sources that backed the newspaper's allegations, said the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish). Read more »


Argentine Journalism Forum releases recommendations for investigating political candidates


The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish) proposed 12 recommendations for covering the Aug. 14, 2011, primary elections. This will be Argentina's first time conducting primary elections to chose the candidates for each political party before the Oct. 23 general elections. Read more »


Police confirm that killing of Brazilian journalist was not connected to his profession

The investigation into the killing of political journalist Auro Ida on July 21 in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá from six gunshots is making progress, announced the Secretary of Security of Mato Grosso, Diógenes Curado. Read more »


TV news director sentenced to two years behind bars after denouncing corruption in Peru


Peruvian journalist César Gonzáles was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay damages for the crime of "general misrepresentation of the State," reported Enlace Nacional. Read more »


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