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Haitian journalists face constant retaliation from government: Report

Journalists in Haiti critical of the government constantly face intimidation and are blocked access to official sources, according to a recent report from the University of San Francisco’s School of Law and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

The report found that, since President Michel Martelly took office in May 2011, journalists are the targets of regular threats, the destruction of work equipment and government retaliation for critical reporting. Read more »


Chilean government decides to close state newspaper, La Nación

In a statement released on Friday, Sept. 7, the Chilean state newspaper's union announced the government's decision to close La Nación, according to the AFP.

"Once again, the common people, the citizens, were shut out of the distribution of power and resources, this time regarding an historic publication," read the statement, according to the AFP. Read more »


Peruvian Congress seeks to criminalize "irregular" Internet use after journalist arrested for e-mail hacking

The case of Peruvian journalist Rudy Palma, who served two months in jail for hacking into the e-mail of government officials, has started a national debate in the South American country over how to regulate information technology without threatening other liberties, according to the newspaper La República. Read more »


Mexican religious group prohibits press from entering community


An ultraconservative group in Mexico blocked the press from entering Nueva Jerusalén, a town in the state of Michoacán where a serious conflict is ongoing between secular inhabitants that confront religious fanatics for public education rights, according to the news agency Quadratin. Read more »


President Chávez's attacks against private media weakens Venezuelan press, according to new CPJ report

A special report about Venezuela on Wednesday, Aug. 29, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called attention to President Hugo Chávez's harassment of the private press during the last 13 years, reported the newspaper La Nación. Read more »


Brazilian court rejects million dollar lawsuit against TV station

In another ruling in favor of press freedom, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, a court in São Paulo, Brazil, rejected a $3.5 million lawsuit against the TV station TV Globo, reported Conjur. Read more »


Brazilian TV news crew attacked

A Brazilian TV Difusora news crew was attacked on the night of Saturday, Aug. 18, while covering the inauguration of a public square in the city of Bacabal, in Maranhão, according to the news site Imirante. Read more »


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