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Investigative reporting workshop set for Guatemala May 6-7

The Center for Latin American Journalism (CELAP) will hold the workshop “New techniques to investigate corruption” on May 6–7, 2010, in Antigua, Guatemala.

The instructor is renown Argentine journalist Daniel Santoro, who has conducted numerous investigations into government corruption, national security, and international drug trafficking. Read more »


Argentines march to apply stalled media law

Representatives of social movements and political and human rights organizations protested in Buenos Aires this week in defense of the broadcast reform law that was passed last October but suspended due to a court ruling in March, La Nación and EFE reported. Read more »


Washington Post offers fellowships for Latin American and Caribbean journalists

The Washington Post and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., invite journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean to apply for a fellowship that will allow them to spend three weeks in Washington reporting on issues of importance to their home countries. Five journalists from the region will be accepted, and applications must be received by May 28, 2010. Read more »


Freed Cuban journalist wants to expose human rights violations

Oscar Sánchez Madan was released from prison this week after serving a three-year term for “social dangerousness,” a vague charge he received after covering a local corruption scandal. He tells Radio Martí that he wants to keep writing about current affairs on the island, including Havana’s human rights violations, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports. Read more »


Local TV host escapes gun attack in Northeast Brazil


TV host and radio broadcaster Handson Laércio was shot Wednesday, April 14, while leaving his home in Bacabal, Maranhão, to host his program on TV Mearim, the news portal Imirante reports. On entering his car, Laércio was confronted by his attacker and was shot in the hand. Read more »


Workshop focuses on coverage of Afro population in Latin America

Journalists who work for print, broadcast or online media in Colombia, Ecuador or Panama can apply until April 23 for the “Multimedia reporting seminar-workshop on the Afro population in Latin America,” to be offered June 7–12 at the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI) in Cartagena, Colombia. Read more »


Chile's new president faces pressure to sell TV channel

Only a month after taking office, President Sebastián Piñera faces growing criticism by opponents and allies for not having transferred his ownership of the channel Chilevisión to a nonprofit organization as he promised during his campaign, La Nación and EFE report. Read more »


Reporters reach new levels of frustration with Obama White House

In a front-page story this week, The Washington Post describes White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as a man who is playing double duty. Read more »


Brazil's Chamber of Deputies approves bill granting access to public information


The Chamber of Deputies approved a bill this week that would make public information accessible to citizens. The text now passes to the Senate. Read more »


Chilean journalist Mónica González wins UN Press Freedom Prize

Mónica González Mujica, a veteran journalist whose investigative reporting repeatedly challenged the Pinochet regime, has won a UNESCO prize awarded to those who promote freedom of expression, particularly at the risk of their own lives. Read more »


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