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Brazilian publishing company ordered to pay $283,000 for article that allegedly insulted ex-president

The Brazilian Superior Court on Tuesday, March 6, ordered the publishing company Editora Abril to pay roughly $283,000 in damages to the senator and ex-president Fernando Collor de Mello, who claimed he was insulted in an article published by the magazine Veja, reported the news site G1. The publishing company can appeal the ruling. Read more »


Newspapers the fastest-shrinking industry in the U.S.

Using five years' worth of data from the Council of Economic Advisors, LinkedIn has calculated how the job rate has grown or declined in various industries, finding that between 2007 and 2011, the U.S. newspaper industry shrunk the most of any other industry analyzed, LinkedIn reported. Read more »


Judge in Honduras prevents TV reporter from entering courtroom with camera for hearing where he was claimant


A judge in Honduras refused entry to a television reporter wanting to attend the court hearing for a lawsuit that he himself had filed against a Catholic leader who assaulted him, reported the organization C-Libre. Read more »


Mexican senators approve proposal to require federal authorities to investigate attacks against the press


Mexican senators approved a proposal ("dictamen de ley") that would require federal authorities to investigate, prosecute, and punish crimes against journalists or any attacks affecting the rights to access of information, freedom of expression or of the press, according to a statement from the Senate. Read more »


Journalist in Paraguay accuses senator of making death threats

A Paraguayan journalist said he received a death threat from Senator Robert Acevedo, reported the newspaper ABC Color on Friday, March 2. The senator denied the accusations, saying that it was an attempt to cause him political harm, added ABC Color. Read more »


Court orders online news site to pay Brazilian newspaper for violating copyright laws

A Brazilian court in São Paulo ordered the company responsible for the news site 24HorasNews to pay roughly $28,400 in damages to the newspaper company Folha da Manhã, which publishes Folha de São Paulo, for violating authorship rights, reported the site Prosa e Política. Read more »


Ecuadorian government accused of distorting Human Rights Watch's stance on freedom of expression

In a statement, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the Ecuadorian government for "flagrantly" distorting information about what was discussed during a meeting between HRW and the National Communication Secretary of Ecuador, Fernando Alvarado, where freedom of expression in the country was debated. Read more »


Program announced for 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism

The program for the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) has been announced, and the stellar line-up includes journalists from publications like The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Post, Spain's El País, and Argentina's La Nación, and panels on such topics as smart phones, social media, entrepreneurship, and database reporting. Register here for the symposium, to be held April 20-21 at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Read more »


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