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Soccer official attacks radio reporter in Brazil


Journalist Rodrigo Santos, of Rádio Cidade in Brusque, Santa Catarina, was punched and kicked by an official of the Catarinense Soccer Federation (FCF), Delfim Peixoto Neto, reported Diário Catarinense. After the attack, Santos lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital. Read more »


Panamanian government trying to expel Spanish journalist

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned that Spanish journalist Paco Gómez Nadal is being threatened with loss of his residency and deportation from Panama. Read more »


Lack of access, sensational reporting plaguing oil spill coverage

Access to data, records and the site itself are just some of the hurdles reporters and photographers have been facing as they attempt to cover the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Poynter Online conducted a live chat with four journalists about the challenges they have confronted so far, and the issues they believe will be most important in coming weeks. Read more »


Journalists call on U.S. to reverse visa denial for Colombian journalist and Nieman Fellow Hollman Morris

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) has started a letter-writing campaign, asking the U.S. government to reverse its denial of a visa to Colombian television journalist Hollman Morris.

The U.S. State Department said Morris, who was selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is permanently ineligible for a visa under the "terrorist activities" section of the U.S. Patriot Act. Read more »


Ecuadorian president dismisses media's criticisms of his government

In the latest chapter of tense relations between the government and press in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa said he was "extremely content" with the ad campaign against the media broadcast during the World Cup, reported La Hora. Read more »


Venezuelan police arrest two people for spreading bank rumors on Twitter

Two Twitter users -- a 35-year-old woman and 41-year-old man -- were arrested last week in Venezuela, accused of using the social network site to spread "false rumors" in an attempt to "destabilize the national banking system" after the take-over of Banco Federal for liquidity problems, reported El Nacional and EFE. Read more »


Spanish judge arrives in Honduras to investigate killings of journalists

Judge Jesús Fernández arrived Saturday, July 10, in Honduras for a special mission to help the government of Porfirio Lobo in its investigation into the deaths of at least seven journalists this year, reported El Heraldo. Read more »


Two more journalists shot and killed in Mexico

The "bloodshed" continues, said Reporters Without Borders (RSF) after the killing in Mexico of Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina, in the state of Nuevo León, and Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo, of Chihuahua, in the northern part of the country. Their deaths bring the number of media workers killed in Mexico this year to at least 10, according to RSF. Read more »


Four U.S. TV journalists fired for YouTube videos that parody news business

Just as journalists are being fired for what they post on Twitter or list-serves, now they're losing their jobs over what they post on YouTube, highlighting the difficulties of maintaining journalistic objectivity in a digital era where little remains private. Read more »


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