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Chávez says web sites to be investigated for currency speculation


As part of an offensive against the black market for dollars, President Hugo Chávez urged supporters to use Twitter to blow the whistle on currency speculators and warned that illegal trading sites could be shut down the Associated Press reports. Read more »


CNN reports on Mexican journalists in danger


In the first episode of a special series about violence against Mexican journalists in regions dominated by drug trafficking, CNN Mexico reports that 27 reporters have been threatened in Morelos state alone in central Mexico. Read more »


IAPA mission to evaluation press freedom in Peru


The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) reports that its delegation will discuss alleged irregularities in the sale of América TV, the cancellation of radio station La Voz de Bagua's broadcast license, and crimes against journalists during its May 20-21 visit. Read more »


Cuban court overturns blogger’s prison sentence

An appeals court ruled that blogger Dania García would have to pay a $14 fine instead of serving a 20 month prison term for a family dispute, The Associated Press reports. Read more »


How to write headlines for the Web

Teen pop idols have dominated trending topics on Twitter for months, and the algorithms that put them there are driving the future of headline-writing. Celebrity keywords are one of several ways to increase a story’s ranking on search engines, and as media outlets migrate to the web, they are changing their headlines accordingly, David Carr writes, for The New York Times. Read more »


The Gulf oil spill and digital media coverage

Nearly a month has passed since an April 20th oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil are still leaking daily. The short and long-term economic and environmental effects will continue to warrant significant coverage, so we’ve collected several examples of how digital media is being used to report the spill. Read more »


Who is killing Honduran media workers?

Tim Padgett reports in Time Magazine that two gunmen opened fire on Lucas Manzanares, a close aide to the publisher of one of Honduras’ leading newspapers, sparing him and his wife, who were driving in his pickup truck, but killing his daughter and granddaughter. Read more »


Brazilian newspapers protest City Hall's censorship of São Paulo daily


A court injunction prohibits the newspaper Diário do Grande ABC—which covers seven industrial cities in Greater São Paulo—from publishing articles about a city government's questionable disposal of school furniture that was said to be in good condition, the newspaper reports. Read more »


Chile's president sells TV channel to local investment firm

President Sebastián Piñera agreed to sell his TV channel Chilevisión to local private equity investors Linzor Capital for $130 million, Dow Jones reports, citing Chilean news reports. (See Spanish version of this post.) Read more »


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