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Topic “freedom of expression”

Police and demonstrators attack 20 journalists during Independence Day protests in Brazil


The Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese) registered 21 cases of violations against 20 journalists during the protests on Saturday, Sept. 7. Police agents were behind 85% of the attacks -- or 18 cases -- most of which involved the use of pepper spray. The number may increase as more cases are confirmed. Read more »


Court orders incarcerated U.S. journalist not to discuss his case with the press

In a decision being criticized as the latest instance of government prosecutorial overreach against freedom of expression, a U.S. federal court has barred incarcerated journalist Barrett Brown from disclosing information to the media regarding his ongoing case, The Guardian reported. Brown faces 105 years in prison related to his reporting on the hacker collective Anonymous and private intelligence firm Stratfor. Read more »


Jamaica leads hemisphere in press freedom, but defamation laws remain an issue

The country in the Americas with the highest degree of press freedom may come to some as a surprise: according to Reporters Without Borders' 2013 Press Freedom Index, Jamaica holds the top spot. Read more »


Eight tips for Brazilian bloggers who face judicial persecution

Brazilian bloggers and digital activists have become a constant target for legal attacks, mostly from public officials who seek the removal of content published on the web. Many of these are successful: a timeline produced by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas shows that, just in 2012, the country registered 16 cases in which the courts were utilized as instruments of censorship. Read more »


Correa’s "stigmatizing discourse" could be encouraging attacks against Ecuadorian press, NGOs say

The tense relationship between the government of President Rafael Correa and private media outlets and freedom of expression organizations in Ecuador is widely known. Lawsuits, media property seizures and bans on interviews with public officials are part of everyday life for journalists in the country. Read more »


Holder defends AP phone seizures, Obama pushes for federal shield law

United States Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Justice Department’s seizure of The Associated Press’ phone records on Tuesday, May 14, as part of an investigation into one of “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen,” Holder said, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the uproar surrounding the inquiry prompted the Obama administration to push for a federal shield law for journalists. Read more »


Dispute between journalists, Ecuadorian government continues after incident with U.S. ambassador

A series of public spats between a journalists' union in Ecuador and the country's government continues a week after the United States ambassador participated in an event with journalists on World Press Freedom Day, Friday, May 3. Read more »


Journalists fined and kept from entering occupied Belo Monte dam construction site in Brazil

Three journalists were ejected from a Brazilian construction site where indigenous protesters have paralyzed work on a dam in the Brazilian state of Pará on Friday, May 3, World Press Freedom Day. Two were removed from the site by nearly 100 national police officers and the third was fined roughly $500, according to the website Terra.  Read more »



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