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Kidnapped TV reporter is freed in Venezuela, a friend is charged with plotting the crime

Prosecutors have charged two people in the kidnapping of Luis Gerardo Núñez, a reporter for the Globovisión TV network who was rescued in Caracas Friday night by police after a ransom was paid, Globovisión and El Carabobeño report. He was abducted for at least 48 hours. Read more »


Honduras seeks aid from other countries to solve killings of journalists

President Porfirio Lobo is arranging for Spain and Colombia to help solve the crimes committed in the last two months against six journalists and one radio announcer in Honduras, El Heraldo reports. Read more »


Argentine journalists map aggressions committed by advertisers and media owners


The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) has published on its website an interactive map that counts 147 cases of aggression against journalists and threats to freedom of expression in the country in 2009. Read more »


Brazil's investigative journalists set annual congress for July


The Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) invites journalists and students to participate in the 5th International Congress on Investigative Journalism, from July 29-31, 2010, in São Paulo. Read more »


Colombia’s investigative reporters to hold 3rd yearly gathering

The “Newsroom Council” (Consejo de Redacción—CDR) will hold its 3rd annual Investigative Journalism Meeting from April 30–May 1, 2010, in Bogotá.

Twelve journalists from throughout Latin America are scheduled to speak at the meeting, which is co-sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Speakers will address topics such as investigation of executive powers, organized crime, and the environment. Other panels will focus on digital technology and the use of databases. Read more »


BusinessWeek relaunched as Bloomberg magazine

Five months after the Bloomberg L.P. financial info company bought the ailing 80-year-old BusinessWeek magazine from McGraw-Hill, the new owner has revamped the weekly, added 20 percent more news space, and renamed it Bloomberg BusinessWeek. See this letter from new editor Josh Tyrangie, and these news stories. Read more »


Paraguay invites UN and IAPA to analyze nation's press freedom

Amid growing conflicts with the media, President Fernando Lugo said he is arranging for the UN's special rapporteur and a delegation from the Inter American Press Association to evaluate in an "impartial and disinterested manner" the country's state of press freedom, La Nación reports. Read more »


What are the best pieces of environmental journalism of the decade?

New York University’s recent list, The Top 10 Works of Journalism in the Decade 2000–2009, included only one entry related to the environment: the New Orleans Times-Picayune's newspaper coverage of Hurricane Katrina. So science and environment writer Emily Gertz has compiled her own list of books, articles, and documentaries with environmental themes. See the list published by OnEarth magazine.


Seventh media worker killed in Honduras in two months

Jorge Orellana, known as Georgino, died Tuesday night, April 21, after being shot by a gunman seconds after he walked outside the offices of Canal de Televisión Honduras, where he produced the TV program "En Vivo con Georgino" (Live with Georgino) in San Pedro Sul, El Tiempo reports. Read more »


Veteran photographer is killed at home in Colombia

Arsenio Zambrano Ocampo, a well-known independent photographer, died last week after he was stabbed in his home in Ibagué, in Tolima department, the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper) reports. Citizens and colleagues were shocked by the news, El Tiempo says. Read more »


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