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Topic “drug trafficking”

Peruvian journalist denounces alleged plot to kill her

A Peruvian journalist said there is a plan to kill her, reported the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish). Ketty Vela, director of a program on TV San Juan and on Radio Marginal, in Tocache in northern Peru, said that an assassin confessed he had been paid more that $1,800 to kill the journalist. Read more »

Shots fired at Brazilian TV station

Gunmen fired on the headquarters of the Paraná Communication Network (RPC TV) in Maringá, Brazil, on the morning of Aug. 29, reported the Agência Estado. Read more »

Death threats force journalist to flee Colombia

Mary Luz Avendaño, correspondent for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, fled the country after receiving death threats, reported the Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP in Spanish). Read more »

Journalists' enthusiasm sends "Coverage of Drug Trafficking" course into overtime

Lively debates, one to two-hour chats and enthusiastic participation were the hallmarks of Alvaro Sierra’s “The Coverage of Drug Trafficking" course. Student demand encouraged Sierra to extend the course for nearly two weeks. “It’s already the second week and they keep sending messages in forums and things,” said the instructor. "I still get messages from some of them.” Read more »

Three suspects held in killing of journalist in Dominican Republic

A judge in the Dominican Republic sentenced three suspects in the killing of journalist José Silvestre to be held in preventative detention for three months, reported the Dominican newspaper Listín Diario. Read more »

Suspects identified in killing of journalist in Dominican Republic

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have idenitified a suspect in the killing of TV journalist José Silvestre, reported the newspaper 7 Días in Santo Domingo. According to the newspaper, businessman Matías Avelino Castro, alias "Daniel" or Joaquín Espinal Almeyda, is suspected of masterminding the killing of Silvestre. Read more »

El Salvador dismisses colonel’s libel suit against newspaper over drug trafficking story

A court in El Salvador has ruled against Colonel José Arturo Rodríguez Martínez in his defamation suit against La Prensa Gráfica newspaper for an article alleging he had ties to Mexican drug traffickers, El Mundo reports.

The officer asked for three- to 14-year jail terms and $6 million in damages for an editor and journalist at the paper, explains. Read more »

RSF calls for reforms to help Paraguay’s press resist organized crime

While violence against the press in Paraguay is nowhere near the levels found in Mexico, Honduras, or Colombia, journalists in the country have little support and face daily risks, especially those in border regions controlled by international smuggling gangs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) writes in its report “Journalists alone facing trafficking." Read more »


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