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Journalist kidnapped and tortured in northeast Brazil


Journalist Gilvan Luiz Pereira, 41, was kidnapped and tortured by three hooded men Thursday night (May 20), in Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, the newspaper O Povo reports. Pereira is owner and editor of the regional newspaper “Sem Nome” (Without a name), which opposes the current municipal administration. Read more »


Honduras reports to Congress on journalist killings; new death threats reported

Public Security Minister Oscar Álvarez submitted a report to congress this week about the deaths of 10 Honduran media workers, seven of whom were killed this year, El Heraldo reports. Read more »


El Salvador's Co Latino newspaper wins European prize for freedom of expression

The fifth annual freedom of expression award from the Casa América Catalunya honors the work of Diario Co Latino for its defense of freedom of expression and its struggle to solve crimes committed during El Salvador's civil war, EFE reports. Read more »


Grenade thrown at journalist's house in northern Colombia

Leiderman Ortiz, editor of the newspaper La Verdad de Pueblo, was unharmed but is fearful for his life after the grenade damaged the front of his home in Caucasia, Antioquia, El Tiempo and El Mundo report. Read more »


Mexico's Televisa chooses to keep silent on politician’s disappearance

The country's biggest media outlet announced that it would not report on the disappearance of former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos until the investigation has concluded, drawing criticism from media and security experts, CNN México reports. Read more »


Reuters invites journalists to apply for multimedia training in London

IJNet notes that journalists from the developing world have until July 15, 2010, to apply to the Thomson Reuters Foundation's five-day training course in London, Multimedia Web Tools for Journalists, taking place Sept. 6–10. Read more »


Magazine employees resist moving to site of World Trade Center

Condé Nast publications, whose magazines include The New Yorker, Wired, GQ, Vogue, and Glamour, has been negotiating to become the biggest tenant of the skyscraper scheduled to open at the site in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in 2001. Read more »


Obama and Calderón urged to address crimes against journalists in Mexico

President Barack Obama is hosting his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderón this week on an official state visit to Washington that includes talks on bilateral issues such as immigration and drug violence on the U.S.–Mexico border. Read more »


Obama orders State Department to monitor press freedom worldwide


President Barack Obama signed a law this week requiring the State Department to monitor press freedom in all countries and to identify those governments that commit violations, The New York Times reports. Read more »


Chávez says web sites to be investigated for currency speculation


As part of an offensive against the black market for dollars, President Hugo Chávez urged supporters to use Twitter to blow the whistle on currency speculators and warned that illegal trading sites could be shut down the Associated Press reports. Read more »


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