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Transparency law helps Chileans search for ‘disappeared’

Chile's Law of Transparency and Access to Public information, which took effect last April, is helping national and international organizations that are seeking information about people who disappeared during the military dictatorship. Those people include U.S. Read more »

Blog gives Spanish journalist freedom to report from 'world’s most violent city'

Judith Torrea, a Spanish-born reporter, has covered U.S.–Mexico border issues such as the drug trade, immigration, and border policy for nine years. She was attracted to Ciudad Juárez since her first visit 12 years ago, despite its naming by a Mexican watchdog group as the world’s most violent city. Read more »

Journalists can apply for online course in Spanish 'Electoral Coverage and Democracy'

The Knight Center for Journalism's popular course in Spanish taught by Maria Teresa Ronderos of Colombia will take place Feb. 1–March 7 and is free of charge. Participants will be Latin American and Caribbean journalists who work full time for print or electronic media and have three years of newsroom experience. Read more »

Colombia urges international community to ban broadcast of guerrilla videos

In a diplomatic offensive against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Foreign Minister Jaime Bermúdez warned that the diffusion of videos by the rebel group represent an "apology for organized crime and terrorism," the AFP news service and Radio Caracol report (in Spanish). Read more »

Latin American presidents vs. the media in 2010

Don’t expect relations between Hugo Chávez and the U.S. media to improve in 2010. Venezuela’s government long ago declared war on “media terrorism,” its term for news organizations that criticize Chávez from within and outside the country. Chávez recently slammed the U.S. Read more »

Freelance writing’s unfortunate new model

James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times says some freelancers have seen their incomes drop by half. Craiglist is announcing blogging gigs that pay $15 a day for two articles of 250-350 words. Pay scales have spiraled downward. 
”Today's reality is that much of freelancing has become all too free."

Chilean policeman faces trial over assaulting photojournalist

A military policeman (Carabinero) will stand trial for the assault in May 2008 of Victor Salas, a correspondent for Spain's EFE news agency, The Santiago Times reports. Salas was covering a protest outside Chile's parliament in Valparaiso when he was struck in the head by a mounted police officer. He later lost his vision in one eye. Read more »

Ecuador to grant radio frequencies to indigenous nations

Ecuador's 14 indigenous nationalities will be able to present proposals that will help them get low-frequency radio permits for at least one citizen-based, "community radio" station in each nation, El Telégrafo newspaper reports. Guidelines should be available in two weeks. Read more »

Can the Apple tablet computer save journalism?

Blogs and traditional media report that Apple will announce a major new product later this month—a tablet computer that could go on sale as early as March. Read more »

Mexican journalists demand investigation of colleague's kidnapping

Some 40 reporters held a vigil outside the attorney general's office in Los Mochis, Sinaloa (NW Mexico), insisting that authorities quicken their response to the abduction of José Luis Romero, crime reporter for the Línea Directa radio station. Read more »

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