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Lawmakers look to toughen Ecuador's media bill

There are several new updates in the political process surrounding Ecuador’s polemic Communications Law:

The deadline for a final version of the bill has been extended to July 2nd, giving legislators 12 days to add or remove provisions, Hoy reports. Read more »


Brazilian soccer coach insults television reporter

The coach for Brazil's soccer team, Carlos Dunga, is taking heat for insulting a reporter from the Brazilian television network Globo, and swearing at a French referee, after the FIFA World Cup game against the Ivory Coast on Sunday. Read more »


Peruvian court overturns journalist’s defamation conviction

Segundo Carrascal Carrasco, editor of the weekly Nor Oriente, was released by the Supreme Court of Lima, after spending more than five months in prison for defamation, Crónica Viva reports. Read more »


National Press Association condemns aggression against journalists covering politics

Bolivia's National Association of the Press (ANP) has condemned the aggression against journalists and the obstacles they face in covering politics, after a journalist and two videographers were attacked by a rock-throwing crowd of sympathizers of Sucre's Mayor-elect Jaime Barrón, reports Los Tiempos.

The journalists, who weren't hurt, work for the government-run Channel 7. Read more »


Dominican television journalist shot at after finishing taping show

Dominican journalist Ramón Ramírez (Tito) was shot at five times Saturday night just minutes after he finished taping his television program, “Contenido Semanal,” according to El Nuevo Diario. Read more »


Online news outlet moves "backward" as it begins publishing print version

The online, non-profit news outlet San Francisco Public Press is going against the grain, moving to start publishing a print edition when so many print media are moving entirely online, according to the San Francisco Chronicle .

The $2, 28-page edition debuts June 22. Read more »


Media experimenting with new ways of doing investigative journalism

In an effort to continue investigative journalism when faced with shrinking budgets and fewer staffers, more and more newspapers and television news stations are collaborating with competing media, and running content created by not-for-profit journalism organizations, according to the Washington Post. Read more »


Journalism and writing courses for Latin Americans to begin in coming weeks


Three new options, two training ones and the third a contest, will be available to journalists in Latin America in the coming weeks. Read more »


Northwestern University offers programmers scholarships for master's degree in journalism


The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University announced scholarships for a master's degree focused on programmers who are interested in working in journalism. The scholarships for the year-long program are offered in conjunction with the Knight Foundation. Read more »


Hackers attempt attack on Colombian journalist's website

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports that hackers attempted to sabotage the website of the director of the television program Contravía, Hollman Morris. (See more Knight Center stories about Morris here.) According to a technician's report, the attack used malicious code to link the website to pages associated with junk mail, which could lead the website to being blocked by search engines. Read more »


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