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August 5, 2010

Crimes against journalists not being punished in Honduras

In Honduras, the political condition is so bad that criminals are able to kill journalists freely with no worries. In a matter of weeks, seven journalists have been murdered and the Honduran authorities have been tardy in their attempts in pursuing the killers. Spanning from the beginning of March till mid June, seven murders is a disconcerting count during such a short time in a country with a population of just 7.5 million. With most of the murders being clear assassinations carried out by... MORE
August 3, 2010

In Mexico, all four abducted reporters are free

All four Mexican journalists abducted by drug traffickers last week are now free, ending an ordeal that drew international attention to pervasive anti-press violence in Mexico. Two reporters were brought to safety by federal police on Saturday, joining two colleagues who had been freed earlier. Javier Canales, a cameraman for the national media group Milenio, and Alejandro Hernández, a cameraman for the national network Televisa, were found before dawn Saturday in a house in the city of Gómez... MORE
August 2, 2010

Mexican police free two journalists seized by drug gangs

Mexican police raided a drug gang safe house before dawn on Saturday and rescued two television journalists abducted by cartel members who demanded networks broadcast their messages, according to news reports. Security Minister Genero Garcia Luna said cameramen Javier Canales and Alejandro Hernandez were being held in the northern state of Coahuila by members of the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug trade organisation. The Sinaloa cartel is run by Mexico's top drug lord, Joaquin "... MORE
August 2, 2010

Newspaper publisher McClatchy's revenue drops 6.4%

US newspaper publisher McClatchy Co has reported that second-quarter revenue fell 6.4 per cent, as advertising and circulation continue to suffer. The revenue decline, however, was an improvement from steep drops during the worst of the recession. It's also the latest sign that the weak advertising market that has hurt most media companies is slowly reviving. Other newspaper publishers, including Gannett and The New York Times, also have reported recently that the ad erosion is easing... MORE
July 30, 2010

Mexican state of Veracruz decriminalises defamation

ARTICLE 19 has welcomed the bill to decriminalise defamation in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The approval of the bill on July 22 by the local Congress, actively promoted by ARTICLE 19, significantly advances efforts to persuade the Mexican government to fully decriminalise defamation nationwide, in accordance with Human Rights Committee’s observations. Mexico is one of the most restrictive and dangerous countries in which to practice journalism. Seventeen out of 32 states continue to carry... MORE
July 30, 2010

Colombia: Protest by gagged journalists to demand respect for free expression

Journalists employed by two radio stations in Yopal, the capital of the northeastern department of Casanare, stopped work today Thursday and demonstrated silently, with their mouths gagged, in the city's main square to protest against a lawsuit targeting eight of their colleagues and to demand respect for freedom of information. Eight journalists who work for Violeta Stéreo or La Voz de Yopal are being sued by Casanare governor Raúl Flórez, who insists that they made false and defamatory... MORE
July 29, 2010

Four Mexican journalists abducted, gang wants press coverage

Four journalists were on Monday abducted by a criminal group in Mexico's Laguna region, which includes Durango and areas of the neighbouring state of Coahuila, according to delayed reports. The group’s members have demanded press coverage of videos they made in exchange for the reporters’ release, according to international and local news reports. Media reports named the journalists as Jaime Canales, cameraman for the TV station Multimedios; Oscar Solís, a reporter with local newspaper El... MORE
July 29, 2010

ABC board approves US newspaper rule changes, to merge print and digital reach

The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations approved a series of changes to US newspaper rules to coincide with other broad modifications set to take effect in October. The new policies include fresh standards for newspaper subscriptions that include digital editions while addressing the growing market for paid content across multiple platforms, such as e-readers and mobile apps. The board's aim is to establish a foundation for the future as more newspapers move to bundled print/digital... MORE
July 27, 2010

Three attempts to murder provincial reporter in Paraguay

There has been a series of threats and attacks on Gabriel Bustamante, a Paraguayan journalist based in the small southern town of Ayolas on the Argentine border, who works for radio FM Ayolas and who is a correspondent for the newspapers La Nación and Crónica , according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Last week, Bustamante was the target of repeated murder attempts by Francisco and Valentín Vera, the brothers of Isidro Vera, a senior executive with the Yacyretá binational power company... MORE
July 26, 2010

Mexico: Police officers abduct, attempt to kill journalist in Veracruz

Officers from the Oluta municipal police force, in the state of Veracruz, recently abducted and attempted to kill Edgar Irán López Hernández, a reporter for the Órale newspaper. The incident took place on July 17 after López Hernández witnessed police officers and the municipality's mayor harassing another reporter, according to the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CJPE). At approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening of July 17, López Hernández and fellow reporter Juan José Barragán, of the... MORE