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Storify seen as innovative tool to thwart "media blackout" of social movement coverage

Storify, the media aggregation platform that aims to help “users tell stories by curating social media,” has become a prominent tool in covering the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read more »


Journalists' killers getting away with murder, prompting recognition of International Day to End Impunity

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the first time, the world will recognize the International Day to End Impunity, held to coincide with the anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre of 32 journalists in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines. The inaugural day is being organized by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) as a "call to action to demand justice for those who have been killed for exercising their right to freedom of expression and shed light on the issue of impunity," according to IFEX. Read more »


Journalist Fernando Rodrigues says Brazil's new information access law is a leap toward a culture of transparency (Interview)

With President Dilma Rousseff's signature on Friday, Nov. 18, Brazil became the 89th country in the world to approve a freedom of information law, reported the Forum of Public Information Access. The law, which guarantees public access to government data and documents as well as private entities that receive public funding, will take effect in six months. Read more »


Bolivian radio journalist stabbed, threatened after criticizing merchants association


A radio announcer was stabbed and beaten in the Bolivian city of El Alto, close to the capital city of La Paz, on Nov. 15, according to the newspaper Crónica Viva. Read more »


Journalist and her ex-boyfriend shot to death in Brazil

A journalist and her ex-boyfriend were shot to death at a gas station in the Brazilian coastal city of Vila Velha, in Espírito Santo, the morning of Saturday, Nov. 19, according to Folha Vitória.

Journalist Marisa Curtolo Cavalcanti, 52, was shot in the stomach and her ex-boyfriend, Gustavo Luiz Sodré Machado, 36, was shot in the neck. Read more »


Two Connecticut newspapers settle lawsuit over plagiarism and aggregation

Calling attention to the fine line between aggregating and plagiarism, two Connecticut newspapers have settled a lawsuit wherein the Journal Inquirer accused the Hartford Courant of copying the Journal's local new stories, reported the Journal Inquirer. The lawsuit arose in 2009 after the Courant -- the state's largest daily newspaper -- began aggregating news from competing new sources, including the family-owned Inquirer. Read more »


Forum will remember 80 journalists killed in Mexico over the past decade


Family members of killed and disappeared journalists and freedom of expression advocates will meet in Mexico City on Dec. 10 to participate in the Journalists Memorial Forum, organized by Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET in Spanish) . Read more »


Newspaper vendors become latest targets of press violence after shooting in Mexico


The newspaper El Mundo de Córdoba claimed that gunmen fired on their vendors from a truck on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the city of Córdoba, in the Gulf state of Veracruz. Read more »


Union workers attack TV host, guests leaving station in Argentina


Union workers threw rocks at a television station and attacked reporters in Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia on the evening of Nov. 16, according to Clarín. Read more »


More journalists arrested despite their press credentials to cover Occupy protests

More journalists were arrested and beaten Thursday as they covered the two-month anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests, reported the Huffington Post. However, according to The Awl, of the 26 "journalists" arrested since the start of the Occupy protests, only seven were "full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees," prompting questions about the press credentialing process for distinguishing professionals, freelancers, citizen journalists and protesters. Read more »


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