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Topic “access to information”

Reporters kept from interviewing immigrant detainees in Honduras

Honduran freedom of expression NGO C-Libre accused a regional office of the Honduran National Commission of Human Rights (CONADEH) of restricting journalists from taking photos, videos, and interviewing immigrants held in a detention center in the city of Choluteca, in the south of the country. Read more »

Concerned over potential threats to First Amendment, the Online News Association joins opposition to SOPA

The Online News Association (ONA) announced that it is joining mounting opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), arguing that the bill "would inappropriately shut down websites, disrupt the free flow of legitimate information and limit Americans from fully exercising their First Amendment rights," not to mention put at risk the future of social media and user-generated content, ONA said in a letter from its president dated Thursday, Jan. 5. Read more »

Arizona sheriff's department must pay newspaper's legal fees after refusing to hand over public documents

A Superior Court judge in Arizona has ordered controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- who already is accused by the U.S. Justice Department of "unconstitutional policing" and unlawful discrimination against Latinos -- to repay newspaper The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV Channel 12 roughly $51,000 for legal fees the media outlets spent fighting to access public records, reported the Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 19. Read more »

Journalists, free-speech advocates protest Internet anti-piracy act that threatens First Amendment

Journalists have joined the growing list of groups opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) under consideration by the U.S. congress, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the American Society of News Editors sent a letter to congress saying that while the organization "condemns content piracy, regardless of medium," SOPA amounts to an attack on the First Amendment, permitting prior restraint and not doing enough to "protect legitimate free speech rights." Read more »

Guatemalan reporter denied access to soccer game after reporting on fan violence

A Guatemalan sports reporter claimed that a member of the board of directors of the Cobán Imperial soccer team tried to prevent him from entering the stadium to cover a game, according to the Guatemalan Center for Investigative Reports (Cerigua in Spanish). Read more »

WikiLeaks' latest "Spy Files" document release exposes secrets of global surveillance

On Thursday, Dec. 1, WikiLeaks published its latest document trove: more than 287 files related to 160 intelligence contracting companies in 25 countries that "develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email accounts and Internet browsing histories," reported AFP. Read more »

"We want to know": Website aims to make Brazil's new sunshine law user friendly (Interview)

Brazil recently passed its own sunshine law, codifying the right to make freedom of information requests from the government. While the legal battle over the law’s passage is over, many Brazilians are unsure about how to go about making freedom of information requests. The website Queremos Saber (“We Want to Know”) is trying to change that. This pioneering project seeks to facilitate information requests in Brazil and make communication between citizens and public servants more transparent. Read more »


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