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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 »


Bilingual investigative reporting workshop set for San Diego, May 1-2

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) will hold one of its popular Watchdog Workshops in San Diego, May 1–2, 2010. Sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish, and bilingual experts from both Mexico and the United States will address ways to improve coverage of regional issues such as immigration, corruption, crime, and the environment. Read more »


Newspapers take readers backstage, online


Having lost their grip on the information flow to the Internet years ago, newspapers and magazines are doing more to expose readers to the news production process. Some are finding that exchanging ideas with the public while reporting a story may have greater advantages than keeping news secret until it appears in print. Read more »


Attack on Argentine journalist leads to two arrests but more questions


Two suspects, ages 19 and 20, were arrested in Caleta Olivia, in Santa Cruz province, accused of setting fire to journalist Adela Gómez's car last week, Clarín reports. Read more »


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