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Topic “violence against journalists”

10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas opens with call for end to impunity in crimes against journalists

The 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas kicked off the night of Sunday, May 20, with an examination of some of the major security issues facing journalists throughout the Americas. During the Forum's opening session, Frank La Rue, the United Nations' special rapporteur for freedom of expression, along with newspaper editors from Mexico and Guatemala, highlighted the risks of independent reporting in a region increasingly racked by violence, corruption and rampant impunity. Read more »


Mexican police reporter kidnapped


Mexican authorities of the state of Sonora in northeastern Mexico, confirmed the kidnapping of a police beat journalist who covers local security and justice issues, on Thursday, May 17, reported the Associated Press. Read more »


Kidnapped Honduran radio journalist found dead


Just hours after Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said that kidnapped journalist Alfredo Villatoro was still alive, the secretary of Public Security denied this information and announced that on the night of Tuesday, May 15, authorities discovered the dead body of the prominent radio journalist who worked for HRN, the most prominent Honduran radio station, reported BBC news. Read more »


Journalists, experts to examine safety and protection at 10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas

With physical violence and cyberattacks against journalists reaching unprecedented levels throughout Latin America, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is bringing together journalists and representatives from multilateral organizations and non-governmental organizations to discuss practical solutions at the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, to be held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Second Mexican newspaper reports shooting attack in one week


For the second time in one week, an armed group opened fire against a Mexican newspaper's headquarters in the state of Tamaulipas that is commonly harassed by organized crime. The attack happened the night of Friday, May 11, against the newspaper El Mañana of Nuevo Laredo, a city on the Texas border, according to Proceso. Read more »


Newseum adds 70 names of journalists killed in 2011 to Journalists Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, May 14, the Newseum held a special re-dedication ceremony for its Journalists Memorial, adding the names of the 70 journalists who died on the job in 2011 and two who died in previous years, reported MediaBistro. Read more »


Mexican border newspaper targeted during shooting attack


Another Mexican news outlet was the target of an attack on Monday, May 7. This time the shooting was against the newspaper Hora Cero in the city of Reynosa, on the Texas border, according to the newspaper Vanguardia. Read more »


In less than five months, 49 attacks against journalists reported in Peru

A new report from the Office of Journalist Human Rights of the National Journalists Association of Peru (ANP in Spanish) shows 49 attacks against journalists recorded in Peru during the first months of 2012. Most assaults were done by public officials (17), followed by civilians (16), non-identified attackers (11), news outlet owners/managers (4), and police/military (1). Read more »



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