Americas

2006

Case   |   Argentina

Journalist attacked after report on abuses at local orphanage

DECEMBER 26, 2006
Posted: December 29, 2006

Laura Rómoli, Agencia Nova

ATTACKED, THREATENED

Rómoli, a reporter for Agencia Nova, was attacked by a woman and two men who burst into the news agency's office days after a report on alleged abuses at a local orphanage in La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province.
December 29, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Argentina

Police reporter’s car attacked

DECEMBER 20, 2006
Posted: December 27, 2006

Eduardo Manrique, Diario de Cuyo

ATTACKED

Unidentified individuals broke into Manrique’s home in the northwestern city of San Juan early in the morning of December 20 and set the journalist’s car on fire, reported Diario de Cuyo, for which Manrique directs the police section.
December 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Peru

Two journalists sentenced on criminal defamation charges

December 13, 2006
Posted: December 27, 2006

Óscar Olavarría Saldaña, El Oriente
Pedro Salazar Angulo, El Oriente

LEGAL ACTION

The Maynas Sixth Criminal Court in the northeastern province of Loreto sentenced Salazar, director of the local daily El Oriente, and Olavarría, editorial director for the Iquitos region, to a suspended one-year prison term, and fined them 1,500 Nuevos Soles (US$470) on criminal defamation charges, according to the Peruvian press.
December 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Dominican Republic

Columnist threatened after corruption reports

DECEMBER 20, 2006
Posted: January 12, 2007
Julián Herrera, Clave and Clave Digital
THREATENED

Herrera, a columnist who covers the armed forces for the Santo Domingo-based weekly Clave and the Internet daily Clave Digital, said in an interview with CPJ that he has been threatened and followed by unidentified individuals after reporting on corruption in the Dominican armed forces.
December 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Mexico

Journalist accused of criminal defamation released on parole

DECEMBER 19, 2006
Posted: December 20, 2006

Ángel Mario Ksheratto
, Cuarto Poder
IMPRISONED

Ksheratto, columnist for the daily Cuarto Poder, was released on parole in the southern Chiapas state after 41 days in prison, the Mexican press reported. He was detained on November 9 for allegedly violating a condition of bail stemming from a 2003 criminal defamation suit.
December 19, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Venezuela

Columnist convicted on criminal defamation charges

Updated: DECEMBER 15, 2006
Original Case: April 8, 2006

Julio Balza, El Nuevo País

LEGAL ACTION

The Caracas Sixth Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s conviction of Balza, a columnist for the Caracas-based daily El Nuevo País, on criminal defamation and slander charges.
December 15, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Cuba

Independent journalist released after nine days

 UPDATE 
December 12, 2006
Original alert: December 6, 2006

Ahmed Rodríguez Albacia, Jóvenes sin censura
IMPRISONED

Rodríguez Albacia, a reporter for the independent news agency Jóvenes sin censura, was released at 10 p.m. on December 12, after being detained for nine days at Havana’s police station, 100 y Aldabó. He told CPJ that authorities filed charges against him for spreading false news that harmed international peace, and barred him from leaving Havana while the trial is pending.
December 12, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Bolivia

State television channel attacked in Santa Cruz

DECEMBER 7, 2006
Posted December 19, 2006

Television Regional Boliviana de Santa Cruz, Canal 7

ATTACKED

Unidentified assailants attempted to toss homemade bombs at the offices of Canal 7, a state-owned television station in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, 529 miles (851 kilometers) southeast of La Paz. Security guards thwarted the attack. No one was injured and there was limited damage, Beimar Villalpando, a journalist with the television station, told CPJ.
December 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalists

New York, December 7, 2006--The number of journalists jailed worldwide for their work increased for the second consecutive year, and one in three is now an Internet blogger, online editor, or Web-based reporter, according to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

December 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET

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