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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 »


Congressional panel discusses deterioration of press freedom in Latin America


Violence against journalists in Honduras and Mexico and government actions against the media in Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia were discussed this week at a U.S. House panel on press freedom in the Americas, The Dallas Morning News and AFP report. Read more »


Chavez warns he could confiscate opposition channel's shares

The government offensive against the channel Globovisión isn't stopping. The Venezuelan president warned he could expropriate the television station's shares, increasing pressure against the last opposition channel in the country, reported Reuters. Read more »


Brazilian investigative reporter named 2010 winner of Knight International Journalism Award

A Brazilian investigator reporter and the founder of Indonesia's first independent radio network are the recipients of the 2010 Knight International Journalism Awards, the International Center for Journalists announced. Read more »


Pentagon upholds ban against three reporters barred from Guantanamo, but leaves door open for their reinstatement

In response to an appeal, the U.S. Defense Department has concluded that it was in the right when it banned three journalists -- two from Canada and one from the United States -- from covering military tribunal proceedings in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Miami Herald reports. A fourth reporter, from Canada, has appealed the ban separately. Read more »


YouTube launches feed for breaking news videos

With news videos being uploaded to YouTube every minute, the video-sharing website has announced a test news feed aimed at helping users -- including journalists -- easily search and find breaking news videos. Read more »


Government suggests bailout as possible solution for floundering newspaper industry

In an attempt to address ever-decreasing advertising revenues and the challenges presented by the Internet and changing technologies, the New York Times reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking for ways to "reinvent" journalism. Read more »


Knight News Challenge awards $2.74 million for digital journalism experiments

Twelve media innovation projects will receive a total of $2.74 million to fund their proposals for using digital technology to inform specific local communities. The winning projects represent the fourth round of the five-year, $25 million Knight News Challenge of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read more »


"Cala boca, Galvão": Brazilian Twitter joke about soccer announcer goes global


International broadcasters are looking into muting or filtering the blaring ambient noise of the vuvuzela at the World Cup, but Brazilians have an additional complaint: the national team’s play-by-play announcer Read more »


Ninth media worker this year is shot to death in Honduras

Luís Arturo Mondragón, news director for a local cable news channel, died after leaving work when two people shot him from the window of their vehicle in El Paraíso, east of the capital, El Heraldo reports. Read more »


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