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IAPA mission to evaluation press freedom in Peru


The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) reports that its delegation will discuss alleged irregularities in the sale of América TV, the cancellation of radio station La Voz de Bagua's broadcast license, and crimes against journalists during its May 20-21 visit. Read more »


Cuban court overturns blogger’s prison sentence

An appeals court ruled that blogger Dania García would have to pay a $14 fine instead of serving a 20 month prison term for a family dispute, The Associated Press reports. Read more »


How to write headlines for the Web

Teen pop idols have dominated trending topics on Twitter for months, and the algorithms that put them there are driving the future of headline-writing. Celebrity keywords are one of several ways to increase a story’s ranking on search engines, and as media outlets migrate to the web, they are changing their headlines accordingly, David Carr writes, for The New York Times. Read more »


The Gulf oil spill and digital media coverage

Nearly a month has passed since an April 20th oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil are still leaking daily. The short and long-term economic and environmental effects will continue to warrant significant coverage, so we’ve collected several examples of how digital media is being used to report the spill. Read more »


Who is killing Honduran media workers?

Tim Padgett reports in Time Magazine that two gunmen opened fire on Lucas Manzanares, a close aide to the publisher of one of Honduras’ leading newspapers, sparing him and his wife, who were driving in his pickup truck, but killing his daughter and granddaughter. Read more »


Brazilian newspapers protest City Hall's censorship of São Paulo daily


A court injunction prohibits the newspaper Diário do Grande ABC—which covers seven industrial cities in Greater São Paulo—from publishing articles about a city government's questionable disposal of school furniture that was said to be in good condition, the newspaper reports. Read more »


Chile's president sells TV channel to local investment firm

President Sebastián Piñera agreed to sell his TV channel Chilevisión to local private equity investors Linzor Capital for $130 million, Dow Jones reports, citing Chilean news reports. (See Spanish version of this post.) Read more »


Chávez critic is paroled until trial over TV comments

Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, an outspoken Chávez opponent and former presidential candidate, had been in the intelligence service's custody since March 22 after saying in a TV interview that Venezuela had become a haven for drug trafficking. He was released from house arrest Thursday (May 14) and ordered not to leave Venezuela or speak about the case with reporters, AFP reports. He must present himself to the court every 15 days. Read more »


Veteran Canadian journalist gravely wounded in Thai protest

Nelson Rand, an English-language correspondent with the France 24 TV network, received multiple gunshot wounds while covering unrest that injured two Thai reporters and has paralyzed Bangkok for weeks. Read more »


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