Americas / 2011

Attacks on the Press 2010: Honduras

February 15, 2011 12:33 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Rash of journalist murders occurs in lawless, politically charged climate. • In murder investigations, authorities inattentive and dismissive. Key Statistic 3: Months between Nahúm Palacios Arteaga's murder and the time authorities conducted an autopsy. Six journalists were murdered in a seven-week span, with...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Mexico

February 15, 2011 12:25 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Amid rampant violence, Calderón backs federalization of anti-press crimes. • More than 30 journalists killed or disappeared since Calderón's term began. Key Statistic 4: Journalists abducted in Durango by gangsters who demand that TV stations air their propaganda. Organized crime groups exerted fierce...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: United States

February 15, 2011 12:07 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • U.S. military ignores call for probe into killings of 16 journalists in Iraq. • Under Pearl Act, State Department will track press freedom worldwide. Key Statistic 14: Journalists imprisoned by U.S. military forces for prolonged periods without charge between 2004 and 2010. In...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Venezuela

February 15, 2011 12:05 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Censorship spikes: RCTV banished again, newspapers barred from using crime images. • New laws restrict Internet content, tighten control over broadcast licenses. Key Statistic 1,300: Hours of presidential speeches that were aired between 1999 and 2010. Using all the tools of power, President...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Americas Developments

February 15, 2011 12:01 AM ET

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Journalist released on parole, allowed to stay in Cuba

February 14, 2011 2:26 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cuban authorities today to place no conditions on the release of journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed on parole Saturday. Maseda Gutiérrez is a founding member of the independent news agency Grupo de Trabajo Decoro and a...

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Cuba's Maseda Gutiérrez balks at conditions for freedom

February 11, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--The Catholic Church in Havana announced today that jailed Cuban journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, a CPJ International Press Freedom Awardee, at left, would be released after nearly eight years behind bars. But news reports, including one citing the journalist's wife, said Maseda Gutiérrez has balked...

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Broadcast offices attacked in Mexico; engineer killed

February 11, 2011 12:38 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Wednesday's violent attack against two media companies in the Mexican city of Torreón, Coahuila state, during which a TV engineer was shot to death and equipment was destroyed and stolen. ...

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Guatemalan journalist threatened after corruption probe

February 9, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Guatemalan television journalist Oscar de León, who has received multiple death threats and had his van shot at in the southwestern municipality of Quetzaltenango, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. De León, a correspondent...

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Press Cuba to keep promise to free journalists

February 9, 2011 12:01 AM ET

Dear President Rodríguez Zapatero: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that the Cuban government has yet to fulfill its promise to free all journalists imprisoned during the 2003 crackdown on dissent. We urge your government, which was a key party to the agreement to release the prisoners by November 2010, to hold President Raúl Castro to his word.

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