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Colombian journalist celebrated for his courageous dedication to truth, democracy

Colombian journalist Hollman Morris, who has been selected as one of the 2011 Nieman Fellows at Harvard, and his television program Contravía were honored June 28 at the Universidad Javeriana for demonstrating courage in the fight for truth, peace, and democracy, according to the Center for Investigation and Popular Education (CINEP), one of the organizations responsible for the homage. Read more »


BP chief to answer citizens' questions about oil spill during live interview on YouTube

Thanks to the Internet, it seems almost anyone these days can be a journalist -- hence the term "citizen journalist."

On July 1, video sharing website YouTube is taking citizen journalism to a whole new level, hosting an exclusive, live interview with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organisation, 3 News out of New Zealand is reporting. Read more »


Four journalists file complaints after G20 arrests

Four journalists covering the anti-G20 summit demonstrations have filed official complaints accusing the police of physical violence and threats of sexual assault, the Vancouver Sun reported.

The allegations were submitted to a civilian-led Ontario police watchdog group, which investigates the public's complaints. Read more »


IAPA calls for deaths of Brazilian journalists to be judged at federal level


The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) asked the Brazilian government and legislators to approve a proposed Constitutional amendment that would allow killings and attempted killings of journalists to be judged at the federal level. IAPA issued a declaration and sent to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Congress members a letter signed by newspaper readers from across the continent. Read more »


Amnesty International accuses Cuba of creating a climate of terror for journalists, dissidents

Amnesty International reported that Cuba's repressive legal system has resulted in an atmosphere of fear for journalists, dissidents and activists, "putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment." Read more »


Bolivia's new electoral law criticized for restricting freedom of expression

President Evo Morales enacted an electoral law that is drawing criticism from the opposition and the press for being a gag for the media during election times, reported La Razón.

The new rule applies to elections, referendums and local propositions; limits the publication of surveys/polls; and prohibits the dissemination of partial election results, explained the agency DPA. Read more »


Opposition TV station owner charged with financial crime, sought for extradition to Venezuela

The prosecutor's office believes it has sufficient evidence to charge Guillermo Zuloaga, president of the news station Globovisión, the only channel critical of the government still on the air in Venezuela, reported El Universal. Read more »


Colombian journalist and Nieman Fellow Hollman Morris denied visa

Renowned Colombian journalist Hollman Morris' U.S. visa application was rejected on June 16, The Progressive is reporting. The story did not say why the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá denied his visa.

However, the Center for International Policy's Colombia Program has published documents revealing "political warfare" -- including surveillance and wiretapping -- targeting Morris and others considered to be opponents of President Álvaro Uribe. Read more »


Councilman slaps reporter in face in Brazil


Journalist Márcia Pache, from TV Centro-Oeste, affiliate of SBT in Pontes e Lacerda, west of Cuiabá, was hit in the face on Monday, June 28, by Councilman Lorivaldo Rodrigues de Moraes (DEM), known as "Kirrarinha," according to the website Midia News.

The reporting team recorded the incident (watch the video here). Read more »


Radio reporter shot to death in Brazil


Radio sports reporter Clóvis Silva Aguiar, 48 years old, was murdered Thursday night, June 24, in the city of Imperatriz, in the western part of Maranhão in Brazil, reported the newspaper Jornal Pequeno. He was in the door of his mother's house when two men on a motorcycle drove by and shot at him three times, the newspaper said. Read more »


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