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Rio de Janeiro to host major international investigative journalism conference in 2013

In October of 2013, Rio de Janeiro will host the International Congress of Investigative Journalism, one of the world's largest conferences on the topic, with roughly 1,200 journalists in attendance, reported the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Read more »


13th International Symposium on Online Journalism attracts record number of paper submissions

The 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) generated a record 71 paper submissions, confirming the continuing growth of ISOJ’s reputation as a world-class conference. Twenty-two papers were accepted for presentation during the conference, to be held April 20-21, 2012, at the University of Texas at Austin. One of those papers will be selected as the conference's top research paper. Read more »


Opposition Venezuelan TV channel Globovisión appeals $2.1 million fine

On Friday, Feb. 17, a Venezuelan court began hearing the appeal of Globovisión to overturn a $2.1 million fine, according to the newspaper El Diario. The Globovisión television news agency has been critical of Hugo Chavez's government, and the fine was levied against the station in October of 2011 for its reporting. Read more »


Reporters in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, confront police aggression, lack information access


To avoid police aggression, reporters in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, work in groups when covering seizures, arrests and any other crime in this city on the U.S-Mexico border, now considered the second most violent in the world after spending three years in first place. “While one person speaks with officials, others are ready with their cameras to make public any incidents of aggression," explained Alfredo Quijano, editor of the local newspaper Norte, in an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Media groups form coalition in legal fight for source protection in U.S.

A coalition of 29 news outlets and organizations has filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking the court to uphold a lower-court's decision blocking prosecutors from forcing New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources, reported Politico. The amicus brief, filed on behalf of the news groups on Tuesday, Feb. 21, argues that "the confidentiality of journalists’ communications with their sources has been vital to ensuring that the press effectively performs its constitutionally protected role of disseminating information to the public." Read more »


Honduran soldiers threaten foreign correspondents covering land conflicts


An Italian journalist criticized Honduran soldiers for intimidating and threatening foreign press members who were covering the International Gathering for Human Rights, held in the Lower Aguán, a valley in northern Honduras where farm workers seeking to reclaim their lands have suffered repression and abuse, reported the organization C-Libre. Read more »


Journalists worldwide contending with violence, censorship and impunity, says annual CPJ report

Around the world, at least 46 journalists were killed for their work in 2011, and another 35 deaths are being investigated to determine whether they were journalism related, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) annual report documenting attacks on the press, reported the news agency AFP. Read more »


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