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Argentine journalists testify about persecution of colleagues during Dirty War


In a new round of trials for crimes committed during Argentina's military dictatorship (1976-1983), the editor of Clarín newspaper, Ricardo Kirschbaum, and journalist Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazú testified about the disappearance of 22 people at a clandestine detention center in the northern city of
Tucumán in 1976 and 1977, Clarín reports. Among those who disappeared were journalist Eduardo Ramos and his pregnant wife. Read more »


Police accuse three men of torturing editor in northeast Brazil


Two local police officers and a third accomplice were indicted for last month's kidnapping and torture of journalist Gilvan Luiz Pereira, editor and owner of Jornal Sem Nome (Newspaper Without a Name), in Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, the Diário do Nordeste newspaper reports. Read more »


Journalists harassed over images that portray Venezuelan government as wasteful

Carmen María de Finol, a reporter for La Mañana newspaper, says she and photographer Yunior Lugo have received anonymous phone calls threatening to take legal action against them. Read more »


Lacking TV and radio, Haiti’s displaced earthquake refugees get their stories from the big screen

Nearly five months after the Jan. 12 earthquake, more than one million Haitians are living in tents and under tarps in some 1,322 camps. Hundreds of thousands have no access to radio or TV, but outdoor screens are going up across the capital, Port-au-Prince, and 16 camps are screening a series of informative, entertaining soap operas that are filling needs for information, The New York Times reports. Read more »


Mexican tabloid “El Nuevo Alarma!” flies off U.S. newsstands

Mexico’s growing drug violence is a leading topic of news around the world, making headlines this week, for example, not only in English and Spanish, but in Arabic, Japanese, Read more »


Costa Rica names prominent journalist as ambassador to UN

President Laura Chinchilla has appointed veteran journalist Eduardo Ulibarri to be Costa Rica's new representative to the United Nations, La Nación reports. Read more »


Argentine media heirs forced to undergo DNA testing to see if they were abducted as babies


A lawsuit to determine whether the owner of Argentina's Clarín press group, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, adopted two children 34 years ago from parents who disappeared during the military dictatorship took a crucial step Monday (June 7). Scientists began DNA tests on clothes surrendered by Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera to see who their birth parents are, BBC reports. Read more »


Homemade bombs thrown at newspaper offices in Venezuela

A group of people in a car threw five Molotov cocktails at the headquarters of the Capriles newspaper chain, one of Venezuela's leading media conglomerates, Tal Cual and Últimas Noticias report. Read more »


Mexico's president urged to stop federal forces from harassing journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written to President Felipe Calderón to express concern over several attacks and cases of harassment by federal forces against journalists who cover law enforcement. Read more »


Journalists sleep in newsroom to block shutdown of Argentine newspaper


Crítica newspaper of Buenos Aires stopped circulating more than a month ago when its 190 employees went on strike April 29 over not receiving their paychecks. Fearing the closure of the paper, the journalists united in a resistance movement, which includes a 24-hour camp-out in the newsroom and demonstrations in the street. Read more »


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