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Creditors buy Philadelphia papers at auction

After almost 30 hours of negotiations, creditors of the bankrupt owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News beat a group led by billionaire Ronald Perelman to buy the publisher for $139 million, Bloomberg reports. The sale must still be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge. Read more »


Balboa Program offers scholarships in Spain to Latin American journalists

Journalists younger than 32 who work in media or other business in Ibero-
American countries can apply to the Programa Balboa, a six-month program that combines studies and an internship with a Spanish news organization. Read more »


President Hugo Chávez debuts on Twitter to confront opponents

President Chávez has opened a Twitter account and published his first messages on the popular social network, following an earlier promise to use the Internet as his "trench" from which to provide information and respond to his enemies. See these stories. Read more »


Cuba's independent journalists fear the future as pressures mount

State security agents arrested independent journalist Yosvani Anzardo Hernández for several hours in San Germán, Holguín, and threatened to jail him for his political activism, Cubanet and Radio Martí report. Read more »


The challenges of communicating local viewpoints from Amazonia


In a visit to the city of Sinop, one of the largest logging centers in Mato Grosso state, journalist Andreia Fanzeres asked a resident if she liked living in Amazonia. Her response was disturbing. Read more »


Journalists in Paraguay draft code of ethics


The Paraguayan Journalists Forum (FOPEP) is writing a professional code of ethics for journalists, the newspaper ABC Color reports.

FOPEP says that recent constructive criticism from society about the media's work, and attempted censorship driven by ideological or political reasons, demonstrate that "journalists should exercise the profession with a growing adherence to professional ethics." Read more »


Mexican journalist from Veracruz state goes missing for a week

Relatives of Evaristo Ortega Zárate found the van he was driving a week ago when he is believed to have been kidnapped in Xalapa, Veracruz, the Veracruzanos.info site reports, with information from news agencies. Read more »


WSJ’s new local section targets NY Times

After months of fanfare and some flinging of mud, Rupert Murdoch’s The Wall Street Journal launched its Greater New York section, which will compete with The New York Times—an act that's been labelled an old-fashioned “newspaper war” in a city that has hosted more than Read more »


Honduran reporters seek protection from bulletproof vests, social networks, and God

Secretary of Security Óscar Álvarez said authorities were close to solving two of the seven killings of media workers in less than two months (six journalists and one broadcaster), including last week’s shooting of TV journalist Jorge “Georgino” Orellana, La Prensa reports. Read more »


Newspaper readers throughout Americas invited to protest crimes against journalists in Honduras

The Inter American Press Association has invited readers of almost 400 papers throughout the Americas to sign a letter to President Porfirio Lobo Sosa asking him to take actions to confront and stop violence against Honduran journalists. Six journalists and one broadcaster have been killed in the country since March 1. Read more »


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