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Topic “access to information”

New gun legislation in New York sparks controversy over access to information

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, New York State enacted the strictest gun laws in the nation, according to Huffington Post on Jan. 15, sparking debate over how to balance protecting gun owners’ privacy and the public’s right to information.  Read more »


Venezuelan journalists organizations file lawsuit against prosecutor's office for failure to respond to information requests

The organization Public Space, the National Union of Journalists and the National Syndicate of Venezuelan Press Workers filed a lawsuit against the Venezuelan Public Ministry on Monday, Jan. 14, for failing to respond to a petition sent to the government body in July 2012 demanding investigations into 15 attacks on press workers reported to the prosecutor's office, reported the newspaper Notitarde. Read more »


New newspaper will cover one of Colombia's most challenging regions

Starting on Thursday, Jan. 17, the Colombian department of Cauca will have a new newspaper in circulation, reported the website Periódico Virtual. The 24-page publication will be a European-style tabloid and will concentrate on opinion, politics and local news, added the website.  Read more »


Agrarian organization tosses reporter out of meeting in Argentina

The Rosario Press Union (SPR in Spanish) condemned an attack on a photojournalist in the city of Rosario, Argentina on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to a statement published by its Freedom of Expression and Professional Development Commission. Read more »


Report highlights advances and challenges to freedom of expression in El Salvador


The Salvadoran Association of Journalists (APES in Spanish) released its annual report on the advances and challenges to freedom of expression in the Central American country. El Salvador improved its standing on lists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) and Freedom House during the last year. Read more »


Court in Ecuador denies injunction to break embargo on private media access to officials

A court in Ecuador denied an injunction that sought to rescind an executive order from President Rafael Correa prohibiting his ministers and other public officials from giving interviews to private media, arg Read more »


Newsroom threatened in Brazil after criticizing police promotions

Reporters for Gazeta da Povo, the newspaper of record in Paraná state, Brazil, were threatened with a supposed attack, according to reports from the publication. On Monday, Dec. 17, the newsroom and the management of the newspaper received threatening telephone calls warning about a possible attack.  Read more »


YouTube, Vimeo remove documentary on Rafael Correa for alleged copyright infringement

The obstacles keep coming for the distribution of Colombian-American Santiago Villa's documentary on President Rafael Correa. According to the Ecuadorian NGO Fundamedios, YouTube and Vimeo took down the video after the company Ares Rights brought a lawsuit for copyright infringement.   Read more »


IPYS condemns change in law that classifies national security information in Peru

​The Institute for Press and Society, IPYS, described a recent change in the legislative decree that regulates the National Defense System as a "serious attack" on the right to access information, freedom of expression and transparency. Read more »


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