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Insurers refuse to cover journalists working in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Violence has made the border city of Ciudad Juárez one of the world's most dangerous cities and one of the riskiest places to practice journalism. The situation is such that several insurance companies will not sell life insurance to media workers, while others have added new surcharges to policies issued in the city, El Diario reports. Read more »


Document lists ways to strengthen freedom of expression in Central America


Journalists and civil society representatives convened for the “Second Platform for Action to Strengthen Freedom of Expression in Central America,” where they identified the principal challenges for exercising this right and listed initiatives to promote it throughout the region. Read more »


Iran sentences Newsweek reporter in absentia to 13 years in prison

Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who was jailed in Iran last year for four months before being allowed to leave for England, was sentenced in absentia to 13 years in prison and 74 lashes for a host of counterrevolutionary acts, The New York Times and other sources report. Read more »


Creating a magazine in 48 hours

A group of writers and editors conducted an experiment over the weekend in San Francisco to use the Internet to write, photograph, illustrate, design, and edit a magazine in only two days. See a preview of their creation, 48 Hours magazine. Read more »


U.N. urges Honduran government to protect journalists

Human rights experts from the United Nations urged the government to take urgent measures to protect journalists in Honduras, where seven media workers have been assassinated since March 1, the AFP and EFE news agencies report. Read more »


Fired journalist reports censorship and wrongdoing in purchase of Peruvian TV channel

Beto Ortiz, a well-known local media figure, was dismissed from Frecuencia Latina (Channel 2) for “editorial differences,” and his column in Perú21 has been discontinued. In an interview with Dedomedio magazine, the journalist claims that his departure from both media is a way to censor him for his "impertinence" in reporting irregularities in the transfer of ownership of América TV (Channel 4) to the media groups of El Comercio and La República during the administration of President Alejandro Toledo. Read more »


Canada’s journalists can’t always protect sources, Supreme Court rules

Journalists in Canada have no constitutional right to guarantee their sources' confidentiality, the nation’s highest court ruled. In a landmark decision, the court ruled 8-1 that journalists can offer sources protection, but if prosecutors later demand to know the identity of those sources, the courts will decide the merits of those promises on a case-by-case basis, Reuters reports.

"No journalist can give a secret source an absolute assurance of confidentiality," the judges ruled Friday. Read more »


Newsweek up for sale as newsweeklies lose influence


For several generations, Time and Newsweek magazines competed to define the U.S. news agenda. But this week's announcement that the Washington Post Co. plans to sell Newsweek suggests that the era of weekly news magazines is reaching an end, Stephanie Clifford writes for The New York Times. Read more »


Pentagon bans four reporters from covering trials at Guantánamo

The Pentagon has barred four reporters—three from Canada and one from the United States—from covering proceedings at a military tribunal in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, because they published the name of a U.S. army interrogator who testified at a hearing, the Canwest News Service and the Associated Press report. Read more »


Canadian journalists flunk government on sharing information

The watchdog group Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has released its first Free Expression Review, giving the federal government’s access to information performance a failing grade, the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun report. Read more »


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