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Journalists tackle coverage of drug trafficking in Knight Center course

Is the business of illegal drugs adequately covered by the media?
 Is it possible to report on drug trafficking, despite the threat to journalists? 
These are some of the questions that journalists are tackling in the Knight Center’s online course, “The Coverage of Drug Trafficking.” Read more »


Brazilian journalist accuses TV Globo of not protecting threatened reporter Tim Lopes, who was killed by drug traffickers

Journalist Cristina Guimarães, who, along with Tim Lopes, won the Esso Journalism Prize for the series "Drug Fair," accused Brazil's TV Globo of not adequately protecting Lopes, who was killed in 2002 after receiving threats from drug traffickers in Río de Janeiro, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Read more »


Investigation concludes Brazilian journalist arrested for drugs was set up by police

An internal investigation of the São Paulo civil police has determined, three years after the case started, that the arrest of Brazilian reporter Roberto Cabrini was a result of a police set-up, according to Folha de S. Paulo. Read more »


Mexican journalist seeking asylum in the United States asks OAS to rule on insecurity in Mexico


Emilio Gutiérrez, a Mexican journalist seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing the drug-related violence in the northern region of the country, has petitioned the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) to investigate and rule on the inability of the Mexican government to protect the rights of journalists who have been threatened by the military since President Felipe Calderón began his anti-drug war in 2006, reported El Diario in El Paso, Texas. Read more »


Killing of journalist and his son brings to three the number of Mexican reporters slain in a month


Mexican journalist Ángel Castillo Corona, columnist for the digital newspaper Portal, was killed along with his teen-age son, early Sunday morning, July 3, when they were assaulted while driving in the city of Tianguistenco in Mexico State, Portal reported.

Castillo is the third Mexican journalist killed in a month. Meanwhile, also during the last month, another reporter was kidnapped and the body of another journalist was found in a hidden grave. Read more »


Colombia, Mexican journalists threatened after reporting on drug, human trafficking


Journalist Mary Luz Avendaño, corresponsdent in Medellín, Colombia, for the newspaper El Espectador, and Lydia Cacho, a Mexican investigative reporter, received death threats after publishing stories on drug trafficking and human trafficking, respectively, reported IFEX and Article 19. Read more »


State legislature passes first law in Mexico protecting secrecy of journalists' sources


The legislature for the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, which recently has become one of the most violent regions in the country because of drug trafficking, has passed a law protecting journalistic secrets, the first such legislation in Mexico, reported El Diario de Ciudad Juárez. Read more »


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