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Mexican journalist released 20 days after kidnapping

Radio journalist Bernardo Javier Cano Torres of Iguala has been released after being held by kidnappers for 20 days, according to local media reports.

On the morning of May 7, Cano and three other people were abducted from a van while travelling on the Iguala-Teloloapan highway.

Cano, who also worked for a pharmaceutical company, was on his way to deliver medication. He was stopped in Iguala near a military checkpoint, according to Sin Embargo. Read more »


Brazilian radio journalist killed; 2nd in less than a week

Police found the tortured body of Djalma Santos da Conceição, a 53-year-old journalist for community radio station RCA FM in the state of Bahia, on May 23, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Brazilian blogger found decapitated in Minas Gerais

Brazilian authorities are investigating the murder of journalist José Evany Metzker whose body was found decapitated on the outskirts of the town of Padre Paraíso in the state of Minas Gerais on May 18, reported the newspaper O Globo. His body was found with bound hands, naked, and with signs of torture, and his head was found 100 meters from the rest of his body, the newspaper added. Read more »


Colombian newspapers fail to stop news aggregator website from using their content

A Colombian government agency that fights unfair competition and protects consumers’ rights denied a request from the main Colombian newspapers seeking to stop a news website aggregator from using their content. Read more »


Math for Journalists Made Easy: Understanding and Using Numbers and Statistics – Sign up now for new MOOC

Journalists who squirm at the thought of data calculation, analysis and statistics can arm themselves with new reporting tools during the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: “Math for Journalists Made Easy: Understanding and Using Numbers and Statistics” will be taught from June 1 to 28, 2015. Read more »


Pro-government bloggers target female journalists in Trinidad and Tobago


Several female journalists in Trinidad and Tobago have been the targets of social media attacks in the past few months as a result of their investigations into suspicious behavior in the public administration. These attacks come months ahead of the general elections slated to take place in September. Read more »


Screens, not physical media, dominate culture, Robert Picard tells ISOJ audience

Screens have replaced physical media as the “primary technologies for media content and communication,” said Robert Picard, with the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, during his keynote address at the International Symposium on Onlin Read more »


#ISOJ tweets provide backdrop for researchers’ discussion of Twitter’s use by journalists, activists and the public


By Brittney Martin

Dozens of conference goers live-tweeted the presentations at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) over the weekend, and a stream of tweets including the #ISOJ hashtag served as the backdrop for most of the conference’s question-and-answer segments. So, it was only fitting that the final panel of the two-day event on Saturday, April 18, was literally “All about the Twitter.” Read more »


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