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Brazilian citizen journalism project to fight corruption seeks funding

The budget for the city of Januária, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, will soon have a new watchdog: the citizens themselves. A citizen journalism project led by three journalists —Amanda Rossi, Fabio Oliva and Jamila Venturini— plans to teach local residents how to access and share information about the city's coffers. Read more »


Peruvian newspaper declares Ecuador's president "persona non grata" for the press


With a black cover reading "Repudiation!" the Peruvian newspaper Correo criticized Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's visit to Peru at the invitation of the Andean nation's new president, Ollanta Humala, to attend the Ceremony of the Assumption. The paper named Correa "persona non grata" for the press adding, "a dictator's apprentice attacking the freedom of expression" on its July 28 cover. Read more »


Colombian politician to stand trial for killing of journalist nine years ago


The ex-director of the Liberal political party in Colombia, Francisco Ferney Tapasco González, is going to be tried in the killing of the assistant editor of the newspaper La Patria, Orlando Sierra, who was killed by a hit man on Jan, 30, 2002, in the Colombian city of Manizales, reported El País. Read more »


Bolivia approves law to increase state control of media, permit wiretapping


On Thursday, July 28 the Bolivian Senate approved the controversial Telecommunications, Information Technology and Communication Law. The law gives the state majority control of electronic media, according to local press. Read more »


El Salvador dismisses colonel’s libel suit against newspaper over drug trafficking story


A court in El Salvador has ruled against Colonel José Arturo Rodríguez Martínez in his defamation suit against La Prensa Gráfica newspaper for an article alleging he had ties to Mexican drug traffickers, El Mundo reports.

The officer asked for three- to 14-year jail terms and $6 million in damages for an editor and journalist at the paper, elsalvador.com explains. Read more »


Suspect in journalist slaying arrested then freed in Brazil

A man suspected of killing political journalist Auro Ida was arrested by the police July 25 in the neighborhood of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso where the crime occurred, G1 reports. Read more »


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