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Webinar to teach journalists how to stay safe when covering organized crime, violence in Mexico

The webinar on Dec. 9th is now full. But due to popular demand, another webinar will be offered on Dec. 16th from 9-11 a.m. (Mexico City/Austin time). No spots are left for the webinar on the 9th. However, you can register for the webinar on the 16th here at this link until all spots are taken.

Many Mexican journalists face risks in their daily work due to the so called drug wars that are affecting several regions of the country. Knowing specific strategies of how to stay safe when covering organized crime and violence is a must for any reporter. Sign up now for a webinar for Mexican journalists that has been organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, the Mexican journalists network Red de Periodistas de a Pie, and the International Center for Journalists. Read more »


Award-winning news site specializing in drug coverage in Mexico suffers cyber attack


A Nov. 25 cyber attack forced the weekly Mexican news site Ríodoce offline, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Ríodoce is one of the few publications that covers drug trafficking and organized crime in the northwestern city of Culiacán. Read more »


Statutes of limitations expire, adding to impunity in killings of journalists in Colombia

Expiring statutes of limitations for journalists killed in Colombia is adding to the South American country's rampant impunity, according to Periodistas en Español (Journalists in Spanish). Read more »


Journalists covering protest in Brazil attacked with pepper spray and batons

Brazil's military police attacked journalists covering a workers' protest on Nov. 24, in front of Johnson & Johnson's offices in São José dos Campos, in the interior of the state of São Paulo, reported the website Agora Vale. Read more »


Editorial forces Honduran president to address impunity, attacks on reporters


Honduran President Porfirio Lobo met with media leaders Friday, Nov. 25, to address journalist protection and threats against the press, reported the newspaper La Tribuna. Read more »


IAPA calls for entries for 2012 Excellence in Journalism contest

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) now is accepting entries for its 2012 Excellence in Journalism Award contest. For the first time, the contest will include a multimedia coverage category to recognize works that "intelligently and creatively use different media (text, photography, audio, video, infographics) and social networks," IAPA said in a statement. Read more »


Twitter becoming a common way to threaten journalists in Venezuela

A journalist critical of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez received threats over Twitter and on his cell phone on Nov. 20, reported the freedom of expression NGO Public Space. Read more »


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