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Brazilian newspaper considering abandoning print version and moving entirely online


The newspaper Jornal do Brasil, published for 119 years in Rio de Janeiro, is conducting research among its readers to decide whether to do away with the print version and offer only a digital edition. The newspaper published a half-page announcement on June 30 inviting its readers to respond. Read more »


Mexican president responds to journalist NGO that denounced harassment of press

In a letter to the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mexican President Felipe Calderón acknowledges a letter CPJ sent him a month ago about the increase in the number of cases of attacks and harassment by security forces against the press. Read more »


Peruvian journalist accused of spying for Russia to be released on bail

Vicky Peláez will be placed under house arrest and be forced to wear an electronic monitor, while the other nine suspects arrested for spying for Russia remain in custody, reported Reuters. Bail for the Peruvian journalist was set at $250,000, and she could be released as soon as next week, added El Comercio. Read more »


Guatemalan president accuses press of trying to destabilize country

The government of Álvaro Colom has denounced a supposed plot to destabilize the country by various groups who are supported by "biased media" that "sell their pens to the highest bidder,” reported Siglo XXI and EFE. Read more »


Study: Newspapers stop calling waterboarding "torture" during Bush years

A new Harvard University study shows that newspapers' definition of "torture" has changed since 2004, leading many bloggers and writers to condemn journalists as complicit in waterboarding. Read more »


Latino journalists group asks U.S. to block Arizona's anti-immigration law

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to block Arizona Senate bill 1070, which the groups says encourages racial profiling of Latinos, reports Editor & Publisher. Read more »


U.S. newspapers start charging for online content

Three newspapers in the Gannett chain -- the largest newspaper company in the United States -- are experimenting with a new model that charges for access to online articles, according to Poynter Online.

Gannett is charging $9.95 a month for online-only subscriptions at all three newspapers.

"We know this is not the model, this is a small-scale test," Poynter quotes Kate Marymont, vice president of news for Gannett's Community Publishing Division, as saying. Read more »


Tests to see if Argentine media owners adopted abducted children fail


The Interior Minister has blamed Clarín media group owner, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, and her two children for difficulties in determining whether the siblings Marcela and Felipe Noble were adopted from parents who disappeared during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), Europa Press reports. The minister accused them of obstructing justice. Read more »


Brazilian journalists unsatisfied with World Cup coverage rules


The frustration of Brazilian journalists with World Cup coverage has drawn the attention of the international press. In an interesting report this week, the New York Times contrasts the proximity and informality of the relationship between reporters and athletes during soccer games in Brazil, with the distance FIFA and coach Dunga have imposed. Read more »


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