Americas / 2009

Mexican newspaper owner gunned down in Quintana Roo

December 24, 2009 10:49 AM ET

New York, December 24, 2009—José Alberto Velázquez López, owner of the Mexican newspaper Expresiones de Tulum in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, died late Tuesday after being shot in his car by a gunman aboard a motorcycle, according to local news reports. Mexican authorities must swiftly investigate this crime and bring...

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Critical TV station suspended in Ecuador

December 23, 2009 1:23 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after Ecuadoran authorities took critical private broadcaster Teleamazonas off the air for three days on Tuesday. In a story aired in May, Teleamazonas reported that natural gas exploitation on Puná Island could force the suspension of fishing for six months......

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Mexican journalist seeks asylum in the U.S. following threats

December 22, 2009 2:41 PM ET

On December 11, 2009, Ricardo Chávez Aldana, a radio host for the Ciudad Juárez-based Radio Cañón, fled to the United States with his wife and children, his sister, her husband, and their two children, his supervisor at Radio Cañón, José Antonio Tirado, told CPJ. The reporter and his family left their home...

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Rebecca MacKinnon, Ahmed Rashid, and María Teresa Ronderos join CPJ board

December 21, 2009 11:49 AM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists announced the addition of three leading journalists to its board of directors today: Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and scholar, and María Teresa Ronderos of Semana.com....

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TV host shot dead in western Colombia

December 17, 2009 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2009—An unidentified gunman shot and killed Colombian journalist Hárold Humberto Rivas Quevedo in the western Valle del Cauca province on the night of December 15. The Committee to Protect journalists today called on Colombian authorities to investigate the killing and do everything in their power to...

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Media owner shot to death in northeastern Brazil

December 15, 2009 4:25 PM ET

New York, December 15, 2009—Unidentified assailants shot and killed Brazilian media owner and radio host José Givonaldo Vieira on Monday morning in northeastern Pernambuco state, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into Vieira’s killing and to...

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CPJ dismayed by decision of Brazilian court

December 11, 2009 2:42 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Federal Tribunal, Brazil’s highest court, rejecting an appeal from the daily O Estado de São Paulo and its Web site Estadão in a case of censorship. In July, a regional court barred both outlets from publishing...

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CPJ to monitor implementation of Argentine broadcast law

December 8, 2009 3:41 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2009—The proposed appointment of four members of a seven-person Argentine media regulatory agency created under a government-sponsored broadcast law raises concerns about its independence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ will monitor the law’s implementation to ensure that the agency is not subjected to undue political interference....

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American journalist interrogated at Canadian border

December 2, 2009 2:59 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention and interrogation of a U.S. journalist crossing the border into Canada. News host Amy Goodman of the syndicated, community-oriented radio and television program "Democracy Now!" was detained on Nov. 25 as she tried to cross the Canadian border south of Vancouver and...

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Mexican crime reporter vanishes in western Michoacán

November 20, 2009 2:20 PM ET

New York, November 20, 2009—A Mexican reporter who had recently covered corruption and organized crime was reported missing this week in the western state of Michoacán, according to local news reports. María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, at left, was last seen on November 11 near her home in Zamora. The Committee to...

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