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Topic “freedom of information”

Venezuelan deputy calls for investigation into media's role in causing violence during presidential elections

A Venezuelan deputy requested the government analyze the supposed negative impacts caused by the media during the Oct. 7 presidential elections in the country, reported the Press and Society Institute.

Deputy Blanca Eekhout said that some Venezuelan media created "situations of unrest and agression" during candidate Henrique Capriles and President Hugo Chávez's campaigns, reported the institute. Read more »

Vendors block distribution of two newspapers in Argentina

The distribution of the newspapers Clarín and La Nación were blocked in Buenos Aires, Argentina by members of the Newspaper and Magazine Vendors Union in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 29, reported Clarín. Around 100 activists piled tires in the street to block the exit of trucks from the printing press factories, the newspaper added. Read more »

BBC analysis highlights media bias in Venezuela as election approaches

Venezuela's presidential election will take place next Sunday, Oct. 7. In this period of the campaign, the media landscape in the country is polarized between supporters of President Hugo Chávez and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. Read more »

President of Argentina says there is no "independent and objective press" in her country

During an address to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told the audience "there is no independent and objective press" in Argentina, according to Multimedios Prisma. The president's comments came in response to a student who asked why she was willing to speak to students but not the press in her own country. Read more »

Judge reverses decision to censor blog post about Brazilian mayoral candidate

The judge that ordered the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo to remove a blog post about a mayoral candidate in the Brazilian city Macapá, Amapá rescinded the decision to censor the post on Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, reported the blog's author, João Bosco Rabello. Read more »

Closure of Chilean newspaper after 95 years leaves 117 without work

During a shareholders' meeting for the Chilean newspaper La Nación, government representatives, who control 69 percent of the company's shares, voted to close and liquidate the storied newspaper on Monday, Sept. 24, reported the EFE news agency. The decision puts an end to the 95-year-old newspaper and leaves 117 people without work. Read more »

Critics accuse Guyana’s president of politicizing new broadcasting authority

Several press freedom groups expressed their concern over the perceived politicization of the Guyanese National Broadcasting Authority (NBA) on Wednesday, Sept. 19, only a month after the authority’s mandate took effect. Read more »


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