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Brazilian public officials responsible for most crimes against the press, says journalists federation

The majority of crimes against journalists in Brazil are committed by politicians and the police, said the National Federation of Journalists of Brazil (Fenaj in Portuguese) in a public hearing of the Commission on Public Safety and the Fight against Organized Crime held Tuesday, July 3, according to the Agency News Chamber. Read more »


Brazil's Attorney General calls for more rigorous investigations of crimes against journalists

Brazil's National Council of the Attorney General's office approved on June 26 a proposal with recommendations for investigations of crimes against journalists to be thorough, fast, and high-priority, reported the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo. Read more »


Mexican president signs law to protect journalists


Mexican President Felipe Calderón signed a new law to protect journalists on Friday, June 22, reported the Organización Editorial Mexicana.

“We cannot allow for people to silence those who work for a more just and informed society,” said the Mexican president from the presidential house Los Pinos, reported the news agency Notimex. Read more »


Local public information access law approved in the Misiones Province of Argentina

On Tuesday, June 12, the Argentine Journalism Forum applauded the new public information access in the Misiones Province of Argentina, which was approved on June 7 by the provincial congress, and said that this "means a significant step forward for freedom of expression, state transparency, and citizens' rights in democracy." Read more »


Mexican states give final approval to federalize crimes against journalists


Mexican state legislators approved a constitutional reform that will allow federal authorities to investigate crimes against journalists, reported the newspaper La Jornada on Thursday, June 7. Read more »


Examining the effectiveness of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala

On the second day of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts spoke on the role of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala. Read more »


Governments increasingly use laws, lawsuits to restrict press freedom, say experts at 10th Austin Forum


Latin American journalists increasingly are facing legal threats to freedom of expression, according to experts on the panel "The Legal Threats to Press Freedom: From the Old Criminal Defamation Laws to the Newest Attempts to Regulate the Internet," during the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Open Society Fondations, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Shortcomings, controversies of Brazil's new information access law

Two days after the Brazilian information access law went into effect, the Forum on the Right of Access to Public Information (FDAIP in Portuguese) published a recounting of the law's shortcomings and controversies. Read more »



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