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Topic “freedom of information”

Washington journalists say federal agencies limiting free flow of information, according to new survey

A new survey from the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), released Monday, March 12, in accordance with Sunshine Week, shows that reporters covering the U.S. federal agencies face so many roadblocks in trying to access information and interview officials that "most reporters considered the control to be a form of censorship and an impediment to providing information to the public," according to the report. Read more »


Judge forces Brazilian soccer team to end boycott against sports reporter

A judge in Curitiba, Brazil, ordered the Atlético Paranaense soccer team to allow journalist Osmar Antônio to do his job, otherwise the team faces a $29,000 fine for each act against the reporter, who works for Banda B, according to UOL Esporte. The decision was published Wednesday, Feb. 29. Read more »


Reporters in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, confront police aggression, lack information access


To avoid police aggression, reporters in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, work in groups when covering seizures, arrests and any other crime in this city on the U.S-Mexico border, now considered the second most violent in the world after spending three years in first place. “While one person speaks with officials, others are ready with their cameras to make public any incidents of aggression," explained Alfredo Quijano, editor of the local newspaper Norte, in an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Mexican soccer teams ban access to reporters, photographers


Twelve Mexican soccer teams announced that they would prevent reporters from a Mexican sports newspaper from entering their stadiums, reported the magazine Proceso on Saturday, Feb. 18. Read more »


Guatemalan bill would classify military, diplomatic records as confidential


Several freedom of information groups were outraged at a proposed reform to Guatemala's access to information law, which would make diplomatic and military documents confidential, reported the Guatemalan Center for Investigative Reporting. Read more »


Law takes effect in Ecuador prohibiting journalists from reporting on elections

An Ecuadoran law prohibiting the media from reporting on elections went into effect Saturday, Feb. 4, reported the news agency Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica. Read more »


Deadline approaching for U.S. college students to submit video PSA for press freedom contest

Reporters Without Borders and CNN have teamed up to sponsor a student video contest about press freedom. Students from any U.S. university are eligible to submit a video PSA answering the question “Why should we care about freedom of information?” or "Why should we care about press freedom?" Read more »


Cuban official media demand greater access to state sources


The Cuban Union of Journalists (UPEC in Spanish), a syndicate aligned with the Cuban government, demanded greater access to information from official sources, according to a statement by the union.

UPEC President Tubal Páez Hernández highlighted the role of the press in a time of change for the island's economic and social model. Read more »


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