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Journalists' enthusiasm sends "Coverage of Drug Trafficking" course into overtime

Lively debates, one to two-hour chats and enthusiastic participation were the hallmarks of Alvaro Sierra’s “The Coverage of Drug Trafficking" course. Student demand encouraged Sierra to extend the course for nearly two weeks. “It’s already the second week and they keep sending messages in forums and things,” said the instructor. "I still get messages from some of them.” Read more »


Brazilian journalist detained after covering police killing

Marina Silva, photojournalist for the Brazilian newspaper Correio, was arrested Friday, Aug. Read more »


Bullet mailed to Peruvian journalist as death threat


Peruvian journalist Humberto Espinoza Maguiña received a death threat in the mail with a bullet in a letter addressed to his parents, reported the Institute for Press and Society on Monday, Aug. 8. Read more »


Protesters in Bolivia attack reporter, steal camera


A Bolivian reporter claimed he was attacked and his camera stolen while covering a protest El Alto, outside La Paz, Bolivia Thursday, Aug. 11, according to the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX). Read more »


Venezuelan journalist threatened, kidnapped


Venezuelan reporter Carlos Sánchez was threatened with a pistol when he left the offices of Radio Fe y Alegría in the city of Maracaibo in western Venezuela, reported the Institute for Press and Society. The unknown gunmen told Sánchez to get into a car, after which they drove around the city for an hour until releasing him on Monday, Aug. 1. Read more »


Huffington Post launches Latino news section


The Huffington Post recently launched HuffPost LatinoVoices in order to attract more traffic from Latino readers to its website. "This is truly a Latino moment," announced Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the news site. Huffington added that the 50 million Latinos in the United States constitute the country's largest and fastest growing minority group, and that they "represent around a trillion dollars of buying power." Read more »


Protection sought for Nicaraguan journalist after death threats


Reporters Without Borders has requested protection for Nicaraguan journalist Silvia González after she received death threats. González, a journalist for the newspaper El Nuevo Diario in Jinotega, appeared for a news conference Aug. 5 to denounce the repeated cell phone calls threatening her and her daughter, Reporters Without Borders said. Read more »


Three suspects held in killing of journalist in Dominican Republic


A judge in the Dominican Republic sentenced three suspects in the killing of journalist José Silvestre to be held in preventative detention for three months, reported the Dominican newspaper Listín Diario. Read more »


Organizations call on Brazilian president to speed up vote on freedom of information bill

The Forum for the Right of Access to Public Information, a Brazilian group of civil society organizations dedicated to the defense of freedom of information, sent a letter to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff asking her to speed up the voting process on a public information bill currently being debated in the Senate, according to the Forum's website. Read more »


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