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Mexican governor says he will ask for law that would force journalists to reveal their sources

With the goal of preventing misinformation, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Mexican governor of the northern state of Nuevo León, said he would ask local lawmakers for a law that would force journalists to reveal their sources, according to Proceso. Read more »


Brazilian judge revokes authorization to access journalist's phone records

Update (Dec. 2, 2016):  A judge has revoked authorization to access the telephone records of journalist Andreza Matais.

A Såo Paulo court recently ruled that investigators could access Matais’ telephone records. The decision was related to a series of reports written by the journalist in Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in 2012. Matais now works at O Estado de S. Paulo.

Judge Rubens Pedreiro Lopes of the São Paulo Police Investigations Department made the decision to revoke that authorization on Dec. 2. Read more »


Daily Digest: Mexican state blocks access to police, court information

Don't be fooled: Five tips to check information on Twitter

There is no lack of stories about false or misleading material that comes out of the rush to publish information shared on social networks. In one recent case, the Brazilian sports journalists Farid Germano Filho of Pampa announced on Twitter that Argentine footballer Enrico Cabrito signed with the Brazilian Grêmio soccer club. Hours later, it was revealed that the athlete had been made up by netizens and Germano Filho's social media account had been hacked. Read more »


Daily News Digest: Journalists should be willing to go to jail when they offer their sources anonymity, says editorial

  • Journalists should be willing to go to jail if they're willing to offer their sources anonymity, says editorial. [Poynter]

Reporter for Cape Cod Times fabricated sources for dozens of stories

The Cape Cod Times announced the latest fabrication scandal of 2012, this time involving a reporter who invented sources for dozens of stories, the newspaper said in a letter from the editor and publisher. The newspaper said that an audit of Karen Jeffrey’s work was unable to locate 69 people for 34 stories the reporter wrote for the publication since 1998. Read more »


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