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Second journalist in two days shot to death in southern Brazil

A Brazilian journalist was shot in the chest while driving to his job at a radio station in Foz de Iguazú, in the state of Paraná, on the morning of Monday, March 26, reported the news site Gazeta Online. Read more »


Race and media in the United States: Trayvon Martin case has journalists questioning their role in the story

Beyond public outrage and accusations of racism, the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida also has prompted debate about how the news media should cover such a racially sensitive story, and where journalists should draw the line in terms of exercisin Read more »


Chilean authorities blame radio journalist for inciting protests, violence

Authorities accused a Chilean radio journalist of inciting a "climate of violence" in the area of Aysén, Chile, where protests are frequent, according to a report from the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). Read more »


President Chavez criticizes attacks on official media in Venezuela

As presidential elections in Venezuela approach, President Hugo Chavez on Saturday, March 24, criticized the alleged assaults on journalists of the state-run National System of Public Media committed by supporters of the opposition, according to the website for the Venezuelan National Assembly. Read more »


Grenade explodes in front of TV station in northern Mexico


A grenade exploded in front of the headquarters of a Mexican television station the night of Sunday, March 25, in the border city of Matamoros, causing material damages but no injuries, reported the newspaper El Universal. Read more »


No tweets, no cameras: U.S. Supreme Court's rules outdated for digital era, journalists say

With the U.S. Supreme Court considering arguments on the constitutionality of the health care reform law, journalists, politicians, and even ordinary Americans are questioning how such a historic case can be covered without iPads, cell phones, or even cameras, especially in a media ecosystem of 24-7 news. The Supreme Court, which "stubbornly sticks to traditions that predate the communications revolution," banned all electronic devices from the courtroom, specifying that only old-fashioned note-taking with a pen and paper would be allowed, according to The New York Times. Read more »


Brazilian newspaper owner shot to death

The co-owner and director of the Brazilian newspaper Costa Oeste was shot to death the evening of Saturday, March 24, in front of a beverage distribution company in the city of Santa Helena, in the interior of the state of Paraná, reported the newspaper Jornal de Santa Catarina. Read more »


Ecuadoran president Correa questions Human Rights Watch's funding; again criticizes the press

During an interview in Spain, Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa questioned the funding of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), reported the newspaper La Hora. "Do you know who funds Human Rights Watch, is it the Sisters of Charity, the Sinaloa Cartel?" Correa said to the Spanish journalist who was interviewing him. Read more »


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