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Topic “elections and electoral coverage”

New York Times launches "Election 2012" app with content curated from competing sources

The New York Times has launched an Election 2012 iPhone app that, unlike most newspaper apps, actually curates news not just from the NY Times, but also from a dozen other competing outlets, like Politico, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab. Read more »

City police attack mayoral candidate's press team in Venezuela

In Venezuela, a journalist and photographer were attacked by city police Nov. 30, reported the International Freedom of Expression Exchange reported Wednesday, Dec. 7. The victims, journalist María Fernanda Soledad and photographer Jesús Urea, are members of the press team for the mayoral candidate of the capital city of Caracas, Antonio Ecarri. Read more »

Mayoral candidate beats radio reporter at funeral in Colombia

A candidate for mayor in the northern Colombian city of Valledupar beat a radio reporter he blamed for his electoral defeat, according to Vanguardia de Valledupar. Read more »

Governor's bodyguards attack TV reporters on election night in Guatemala

Bodyguards for Deputy Mario Rivera brutally beat two television reporters in Guatemala, according to a report by elPeriódico. Read more »

Editor of Guatemalan newspaper resigns over disagreement about journalistic independence

Sylvia Gereda, co-founder and director of the Guatemalan newspaper elPeriódico, said she decided to resign following a dispute with the other co-founders over shares in the newspaper that compromised its editorial independence in Gereda's opinion, according to a post made by the journalist on her blog. Read more »

Plaza Pública: In-depth, nonprofit news site in Guatemala tackles taboo themes (Interview)

Plaza Pública is an online, independent, non-profit newspaper that began at the start of this year in Guatemala. In an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and director of the site, described the newspaper as a platform in which citizens can discuss and debate and hold others accountable. Plaza Pública has dedicated itself to investigating and covering topics that the traditional Guatemalan press has considered taboo, such as the agrarian situation, corruption among governments and businesses, and drug trafficking. As Guatemala's presidential elections, Nov. 6, approach, Rodríguez spoke about the trajectory of Plaza Pública, the impact the site generated when it published the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, and the challenges of pursuing in-depth, investigative journalism in Guatemala. Read more »

Journalists criticize press restrictions on Bolivia's first judicial elections

Bolivia’s National Association of the Press denounced restrictions from a new campaign rule, saying the regulation impeded journalists’ ability to effectively cover the Andean country’s first judicial elections held Oct. 16, reported IFEX. 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 »


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