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Photos of killing ignite debate on rights of minors in El Salvador


Should it be illegal for the press to publish names and photos of minors who are charged with a crime? The topic is under debate this week in El Salvador, after the paper La Prensa Gráfica was fined for publishing a sequence of photos showing a 17-year-old stabbing a student on a busy street in San Salvador. Read more »


Brazil's citizen journalists crucial in covering record floods


Rains pounded Rio de Janeiro this week, killing hundreds of people–mostly in mudslides—and citizen reporters played a key role in conveying the magnitude of the disaster. In addition to blogs and Twitter, they channeled an enormous number of photos, texts, and videos through traditional news media, allowing for prompt and comprehensive coverage that never would have been possible if the reporters were working alone. Read more »


Colombian radio producer threatened to be killed this month

Edgar Astudillo Vásquez, producer of a news program on Radio Panzenú, received a pamphlet—allegedly from a paramilitary group—that said he would be killed before April 20 in any street in his city of Montería in Córdoba Department, El Tiempo and El Heraldo report. Read more »


Shooting of Guatemalan radio executive mobilizes journalists and citizens

On a week of nonstop aggressions and attacks against journalists in Latin America, this news post from journalist Martin Angel Tax alerts us to the shooting Thursday evening of Luis Felipe Valenzuela, director of the Emisoras Unidas radio network. Read more »


Peruvian journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison for libel


Enrique Lazo Flores, editor of the newspaper La Región, in the southern city of Ilo, Moquegua, was accused of attacking the honor of a regional politician Renato Ascuña Chavera, the Crónica Viva site reports. Read more »


A fourth journalist goes missing in Michoacán, Mexico

Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, a correspondent for Cambio de Michoacán newspaper, was last seen Tuesday, April 6, when he left his home for a local university where he is also a professor, Article 19 reports. Read more »


IAPA offers online certificate in Spanish on covering organized crime

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Mexico’s Autonomous National University (UNAM) will offer from May 3 to Aug. 6 the certificate program “The scope of organized crime: practicing journalism amid violence.” The course focuses on investigative methods and use of new technology. Applications will be accepted until April 26. Read more »


Brazilian TV host threatens journalism student, on the air, for criticizing his work


José Carlos Stachowiak, host of a police program on cable TV in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, made grave threats on the air against a journalism student who wrote a blog post criticizing his work. See the video in this post Querido Leitor (Dear Reader), by local journalist Rosana Hermann. Read more »


Editor in Paraguay slammed with fine for criticizing court ruling


Businessman Aldo Zuccolillo, editor of the newspaper ABC Color, was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine plus interest to indemnify a judge who the newspaper had criticized for acquitting former President Luis González Macchi of embezzlement, ABC Color reports. Read more »


Video of helicopter killing brings calls for accountability

The footage of U.S. soldiers killing 12 people in Iraq from a helicopter in 2007, including a Reuters photographer and driver, led the International Federation of Journalists to demand a new investigation into the army’s actions. Read more »


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