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Plaza Pública: In-depth, nonprofit news site in Guatemala tackles taboo themes (Interview)

Plaza Pública is an online, independent, non-profit newspaper that began at the start of this year in Guatemala. In an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, founder and director of the site, described the newspaper as a platform in which citizens can discuss and debate and hold others accountable. Plaza Pública has dedicated itself to investigating and covering topics that the traditional Guatemalan press has considered taboo, such as the agrarian situation, corruption among governments and businesses, and drug trafficking. As Guatemala's presidential elections, Nov. 6, approach, Rodríguez spoke about the trajectory of Plaza Pública, the impact the site generated when it published the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, and the challenges of pursuing in-depth, investigative journalism in Guatemala. Read more »


Gunmen shoot at Argentine TV reporters' vehicle


Unknown gunmen shot a vehicle with the logo of local television station in Córdoba, Argentina, while reporter Gracia Martín and cameraman Raúl Vicessi with inside, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum. Read more »


Q&A: Guatemalan journalist Claudia Mendez studying the rule of law and judicial processes as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard

Guatemalan journalist Claudia Mendez Arriaza, 35, is part of the 2012 class of Nieman Fellows. With 13 years of experience as a journalist -- she has worked as an editor and reporter at elPeriódico in Guatemala, and co-hosted the television show “A las 8:45” -- Mendez was named the 2012 John S. and James L. Read more »


Environmental stories take top prizes for best reporting in Colombia


The Colombian magazine Semana and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobrás awarded the Semana Petrobrás Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in South American journalism. Read more »


Republican 2012 candidates boycott debate after Univision report embarrasses Florida Sen. Marco Rubio


Five of the Republican presidential hopefuls are boycotting a debate organized by Univision after the Spanish-language network aired a story about the arrest of Senator Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) brother-in-law on drug trafficking charges in 1987, reported The Miami Herald. Read more »


Speaking out against drug trafficking in Argentina puts radio hosts in drug dealer's crosshairs


A drug dealer threatened two radio hosts in the northern Argentine province of Salta, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). Read more »


Decapitation of Mexican editor sparks international condemnation


International organizations and the French government condemned the killing of Mexican journalist María Elizabeth Macías. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Amnesty International, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged Mexican authorities to take immediate action to stop rising violence against journalists in the country. Read more »


Attacks on the press up in Guatemala in 2011


So far in 2011, there have been more attacks on journalists in Guatemala than in 2010, according the annual report from the Center of Informative Reports for Guatemala (CERIGUA). Read more »


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