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Topic “censorship”

After years of delays, Brazilian senate passes sunshine law, which awaits president's signature

Nearly two years after the bill was first introduced in the National Congress, the Brazilian Senate approved the Public Information Access Law on Oct. 25, reported G1. During the bill's long road to ratification it depended on the support of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese), the NGO Article 19, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Along with these organizations, journalists like Fernando Rodrigues, who led the campaign for the right to access to information in Brazil, were also critical in the bill's passage. The only step left is President Dilma Rousseff's signature. Read more »


Peruvian radio host fired after losing favor with local mayor


A radio host in Peru claimed she was fired because of pressure from the mayor of her city, Cajabamba, in the north of the country, reported the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish). Read more »


Guyanese president postpones suspension of opposition TV station until after elections


Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo decided to postpone the four-month suspension against the private opposition television broadcaster CNS until Dec.1, instead of the original Oct. 3 date, according to Reporters Without Borders. Read more »


Founder of Colombian newspaper receives 20-month prison sentence for editorial criticizing congresswoman


A Colombian court sentenced the newspaper Cundinamarca Democrática's founder and editor to 20 months in prison and a $5,500 fine for criminal libel, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists. Read more »


UN rapporteur aims to investigate rising violence against Honduran journalists


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression said he would ask the Honduran government permission to investigate the killings of 16 journalists in the Central American country since the June 2009 coup d'état, reported the news agency EFE. Read more »


Activists call for UN to monitor treatment of jailed Venezuelan editor

The non-governmental organization Foro Penal Venezolano wrote a letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting the United Nations organization send an observer to Venezuela to monitor the case of jailed editor Leocenis García, the newspaper El Universal reported. Read more »


$40 million sentence against Ecuadorian newspaper upheld in court


With two votes in favor and one abstention, a court in Ecuador upheld a sentence of three years in prison and $40 million in damages against an ex-columnist and three directors of the newspaper El Universo, the newspaper reported on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The ruling could bankrupt the newspaper, one of Ecuador's largest and oldest dailies, the Miami Herald said. Read more »


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