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Topic “censorship”

Government censorship in Venezuela increased by 87% compared to 2012, organizations say

So far this year, there have been 71 cases of censorship of journalists and media in Venezuela, meaning 87 percent more cases than there were over the same period last year, according to Venezuelan organizations that defend freedom of expression and information access that spoke about the situation in their country on Oct. 31 before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during its 149th session. Read more »


Communist Party appoints new editors to Cuba’s two main newspapers as part of "renewal" process


The Cuban government appointed new editors for its two main newspapers, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, describing the move as part of a “renewal” process to improve the country’s official press, BBC News reported. Read more »


Cuban authorities release five dissident journalists after brief detention

Update 10/18/2013: According to Reporters without Borders, all three journalists, along with Denis Noa Martinez and Pablo Morales Marchán (correspondents for Hablemos Press) who had been arrested Sunday, were released on Oct. 14. Read more »


Maduro calls for sanctions for media outlets reporting on Venezuela’s food shortage

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called on the country's courts and authorities to consider “special measures” that would grant him the ability to sanction print, television and radio news media after accusing them of waging "a psychological war” over Venezuela's current food shortage. Read more »


Killing of news vendor in Colombia attempts to silence media, organizations say

The killing of a newspaper vendor in Colombia has alarmed organizations such as the Foundation for Freedom of the Press, FLIP, which suspect the crime intended to silence media outlets and their sources. Read more »


Brazilian blogger sentenced to jail for writing fictional short story

José Cristian Góes, a reporter from the Brazilian state of Sergipe, was sentenced on July 4 to seven months and a week in jail for writing and posting a fictional short story on local political cronyism in May 2012 for his blog Infonet, reported the daily Conjur.

The sentence, however, was converted into community service. Góes must serve one hour each day for the period of the sentence. Read more »


Courts uphold prior censorship of Brazilian newspaper, which cannot report on political controversy since 2009

Judges from the Brazilian capital decided on Wednesday, May 22, to uphold an order to censor newspaper Estado de S. Paulo, which continues to be unable to publish news stories about a police operation that involved relatives of prominent politician José Sarney, reported the newspaper.  Read more »



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