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Judge denies bail to Cuban journalist seeking asylum in the U.S. who is being held by ICE

A Texas immigration judge denied bail to Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago, who has been in a detention center in that state since April 12 when he arrived in U.S. territory, according to the organization Fundamedios US. Read more »


Two young men found guilty of murdering reporter in Nicaragua despite objections from the journalist’s family

*This article was updated to include information about the sentencing.

The two young men of African descent who were accused of murdering journalist Ángel Gahona on April 21 were found guilty by a Nicaraguan judge on the night of Aug. 27, Confidencial reported. Read more »


Manager of Canal 10 in Nicaragua seeks refuge in Honduran embassy amid allegations of persecution against the channel

News that Carlos Pastora, general manager of Canal 10 of Nicaragua, sought refuge in the Honduran embassy in Managua awoke rumors of alleged persecution by the government of Daniel Ortega against the channel. Read more »


Mexican Human Rights Commission notes lack of commitment from government to end impunity in crimes against journalists

The lack of commitment on the part of the federal and state prosecutors of Mexico and other authorities to follow the recommendations given by the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH, for its initials in Spanish) is the reason for the "prevailing impunity" in attacks against journalists, the human rights organization said. Read more »


Cuban journalist detained by ICE is seeking asylum out of fear for his life

Press freedom organizations are calling attention to the case of independent Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago who was detained in the U.S. after arriving to seek asylum in the country. Read more »


Instructional materials from Knight Center MOOCs now available after courses close

The Knight Center is happy to announce that material for Alberto Cairo's course, “Data Visualization for Storytelling and Discovery,” now can be accessed online. Cairo's course had 5,783 participants from 143 countries and was offered thanks to the generous support by Google News Initiative. Read more »


Radio journalist killed in Bahia is fourth Brazilian journalist killed in 2018

Brazilian radio journalist Marlon de Carvalho Araújo, 37, was murdered on Aug. 16 inside his home in Riachão de Jacuípe, Bahia, in the northeastern region of Brazil. Read more »


IPYS Venezuela reports selective blocking of news sites El Pitazo and Armando.info by internet providers

During the first two weeks of August of this year, independent news sites Armando.info and El Pitazo were blocked intermittently on the internet by state and private operators, according to a study conducted by Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute (IPYS, for its initials in Spanish).Read more »


Otavio Frias Filho, the editor who transformed and modernized Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, dies

Brazilian journalist, lawyer and writer Otavio Frias Filho died Aug. 21 in São Paulo at the age of 61. Newsroom director for Folha de S. Paulo since 1984, Frias Filho was responsible for the modernization project that made the newspaper a reference around the world for journalism made in Brazil. Read more »


Groups report rise in attacks on the independent press since change in Cuban presidency


By Valeria López de Vergara and Teresa Mioli

The accounts are similar: members of the Political Police and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) search a journalist’s house for a few hours. The journalist is taken away and detained for a couple hours, a day or two, and then released. Read more »


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