Americas / 2007

Two men convicted in Costa Rica murder

December 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2007—Two men were sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for the murder of Costa Rican journalist Parmenio Medina, a popular radio host who was shot dead outside his home in July 2001. The Committee to Protect Journalists hails the conviction as a step forward in...

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President's security officers beat journalist at official event

December 19, 2007 12:00 PM ET

December 19, 2007 Posted January 10, 2008 Jorge Loáisiga, La Prensa ATTACKED Loáisiga, a reporter for the Managua-based daily La Prensa, was beaten and handcuffed by members of President Daniel Ortega's security personnel while covering an official event in the Nicaraguan capital, according to local press reports....

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Two convicted in Haitian journalist’s murder

December 14, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday’s conviction of two men for the December 2001 murder of Haitian journalist Brignol Lindor. The court in the western city of Petit-Goâve sentenced to life in prison Jean Rémy Démosthène and Joubert Saint Juste, members of the local political...

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Reporter killed in central Mexico

December 10, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2007--Mexican reporter Gerardo Israel García Pimentel was assassinated on Saturday as he was entering the hotel where he lived in Uruapan, the second largest city in the central state of Michoacán. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating possible links between García's death and his work...

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Bolivian media attacked in protests over constitutional reform

November 27, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2007—At least five journalists were beaten by police on Sunday in Bolivia while covering antigovernment protests in which four people were killed and hundreds were injured. The violence occurred in the city of Sucre during protests against the government’s efforts to approve a new constitution, according...

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Radio commentator shot and wounded in Brazil

November 26, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2007—Brazilian radio host João Alckmin, who reports on corruption in eastern São Paulo state, was shot twice on Thursday; he is in stable condition. The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Brazilian authorities to investigate the attack.   Alckmin, host of the weekly talk show...

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National Police Director links journalist to leftist guerrilla group

November 24, 2007 12:00 PM ET

NOVEMBER 24, 2007 Posted December 11, 2007 William Parra, Telesur HARRASSED Gen. Oscar Naranjo, director of the National Police, issued a statement on November 24 asserting that Parra, Colombia correspondent for the Caracas-based regional TV network Telesur, had manipulated information about a police officer who is being held by the...

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Police beat and threaten journalist

November 24, 2007 12:00 PM ET

November 24, 2007 Posted January 10, 2008 Noel Encarnación, Freelance, Despierta Ocoa ATTACKED, THREATENED Police attacked and threatened Encarnación, a freelance photographer and reporter for the radio news show "Despierta Ocoa" (Wake up Ocoa) on local state-owned radio Maniel FM, after he photographed victims of Hurricane Noel in the province...

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Journalist receives death threat

November 22, 2007 12:00 PM ET

NOVEMBER 22, 2007 Posted January 18, 1008 Diro César González, La Tarde THREATENED González, director of the Barrancabermeja-based weekly newspaper La Tarde, received a letter mourning his death at his home in the northern province of Santander. In 2006, González had been forced to flee following repeated death threats linked...

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COLOMBIA: Journalist threatened with death following reports on corruption

November 22, 2007 12:00 PM ET

NOVEMBER 22, 2007 Posted December 18, 2007 Feibir Beltrán Luna, Cauca Visón, Cauca Noticias THREATENED Beltrán, owner and director of local TV station Cauca Visión and the online daily Cauca Noticias, was threatened with death in the eastern city of Popayán, following reports by the station on local police corruption,...

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