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Argentine reporting team publishes multimedia report on abandoned mines

The day after the mines: danger without control is the second report by the Argentine Journalism Forum’s (FOPEA) new Investigative Reporting Unit. The multimedia project explores the consequences of mining that may linger even after mines are abandoned and emphasizes the lack of government regulation. Read more »


Brazilian journalist on trial for his book over military regime

A former member of the secret police during the dictatorship has brought charges against Luiz Claudio Cunha for "moral harm" after being mentioned in the journalist’s book Operation Condor: The kidnapping of the Uruguayans, EFE reports (Spanish). Read more »


Mexico considers regulating Twitter, raising freedom concerns

Twitter users in Mexico City have angered authorities by tweeting the locations of roadside Breathalyzer checkpoints, and kidnappers and drug traffickers are using Facebook and MySpace to communicate. Federal lawmakers have responded by proposing a bill to restrict social networking sites and to create a police force to monitor them, GlobalPost reports. Read more »


The Guardian launches searchable mega-database

Governments are uploading vast sets of public records to the internet, and media outlets are building new tools to make it reach the public. The Guardian of London has created a World Government Data site, a gateway to thousands of datasets on 19 government data portals including: Read more »


More news companies ready to charge online readers

The New York Times’ recent announcement that its frequent site users will have to pay starting early next year is only one example of a media company’s strategy to earn revenue. Read more »


Who should pay the bill for journalism in Latin America?

Latin American newspapers will only survive with help from the state, but not by continuing to rely on the government for placing ads, longtime media observer Eduardo Bertoni writes for the Huffington Post. Read more »


Venezuela seeks to punish paper for anti-Chávez satire

Adding to a litany of recent attacks on press freedom, the Ministry of Communications and Information plans to ask prosecutors to punish Tal Cual for an editorial describing a Venezuela without President Hugo Chávez, ABC.es reports. Read more »


Cuban journalist arrested for "disobedience"

Members of the National Revolutionary Police arrested Juan Carlos Reyes Ocaña near his home in Holguín on charges of insult, disobedience, and illicit economic activity, EFE and Reporters without Borders (RSF) report. Reyes works for the Holguín Press news agency. Read more »


U.S. news sites unlock obscure public records

A new report by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) highlights media websites that use innovative techniques to share and aggregate data from their own reporting and government records. Read more »


Tomás Eloy Martínez recalled for his writing and teaching legacy

Argentine journalist and writer Tomás Eloy Martínez, who died of cancer Sunday at 75, was one of the most accomplished writers of New Journalism, fusing journalistic storytelling with literary techniques, La Voz de Argentina recalls (Spanish). Read more »


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