Police are investigating the murder of radio host Luiz Manoel Souza, 48, who was killed on Dec. 7 in a rural area of Ubá after being shot by a group of men. The group, at least some of them driving in a truck, first confronted him as he was in his car. The men shot at his car and tires, forcing Souza to flee to a wooded area, which is when he was shot. Read more »
Fourth radio journalist killed in Brazil this year; a total of 5 journalists have been killed in the country in 2015
Early in the morning on Nov. 10, an unidentified man shot community radio journalist Israel Gonçalves Silva inside a store in Lagoa de Itaenga in Pernambuco state. The journalist had just dropped his children at school. Reports say the man fled via motorcycle without taking anything. Read more »
Three Mexican journalists in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Guanajuato have been killed in the span of a week.
“We are appalled by all these murders of journalists in Mexico…Three deaths in a week – when will the violence stop?” said Lucie Morillon, program director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Read more »
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 »
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro launched a weekly radio program titled “En contacto con Maduro” (“In contact with Maduro” in English) on Tuesday, March 11, reported the digital newspaper Infobae. With his new program, Maduro emulates the late former President Hugo Chávez, whose own program, “Aló Presidente” (“Hello Mr. President”), communicated his policies and activities every Sunday. Read more »
U.S. repeals ban on broadcasting Voice of America, other government-funded news for American audiences
News programming produced by government-funded outlets such as Voice of America (VoA) and TV y Radio Martí will now be broadcasted to American audiences for the first time following the repeal of a law that had prohibited such content from being widely viewed within the United States. Read more »
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has accused transnational buissneses and the local government of attacking and harrassing community radio stations in Oaxaca, Mexico that are opposed to the building of a wind power station in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
On April 4, police officers arrested and attacked journalist Carlos Sánchez Martínez, with Radio Totopo. Sánchez is still being detained, according to the radio station. Read more »