Americas

2011

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican daily offices attacked by gunmen

New York, November 15, 2011--A group of unidentified gunmen attacked the premises of the Mexican daily El Siglo de Torreón early this morning, setting a car on fire and shooting at the building several times.

Around 2:40 a.m., at least three assailants parked two vehicles in front of the newspaper's offices in the city of Torreón in the northern state of Coahuila, the paper reported. They set one of the cars on fire in front of El Siglo's main door and left in the other. Before fleeing, the gunmen used assault rifles to spray the premises with about 20 bullets that police recovered at the scene, editor Javier Garza told CPJ. One of the offices suffered some damage, but there were no injuries, he said. Federal and state police, as well as members of the Mexican army, arrived at the scene shortly after the attack.

November 15, 2011 3:44 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ecuador

CPJ to hold Ecuadoran authorities accountable for threats

New York, November 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reported death threats against César Ricaurte, head of the Ecuadoran press freedom group Fundamedios, which follow a concerted campaign by local authorities to discredit the group and foster a climate of intimidation against independent media and local press freedom activists.
November 11, 2011 2:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

In Peru, journalist given suspended prison sentence

New York, November 10, 2011--A Peruvian provincial journalist was found guilty of defamation by a regional court on Monday and received a suspended prison sentence and fine for his reports about alleged corruption, news reports said. 

November 10, 2011 3:41 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Brazil

Brazilian cameraman killed as raid turns into shootout

A TV news reporter reacts after journalist Gelson Domingos da Silva is shot and killed. (AP)

New York, November 7, 2011--Brazilian television cameraman Gelson Domingos da Silva was shot and killed Sunday during a confrontation between state police and suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro, according to press reports. 

November 7, 2011 4:52 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Newspaper offices set on fire in Mexico

Smoke pours out from the front of the El Buen Tono offices. (Reuters)

New York, November 7, 2011--A group of unidentified gunmen stormed into the newsroom of the daily El Buen Tono in the state of Veracruz on Sunday, vandalized equipment, and set the premises on fire, according to local press reports.

November 7, 2011 3:49 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

Peruvian journalist attacked after reporting on corruption

New York, November 7, 2011--A Peruvian provincial reporter was shot and wounded on Saturday while resisting an attempted kidnapping that his colleagues believe may have been in reprisal for his coverage of police corruption, news reports said. 

November 7, 2011 12:45 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Guatemala

Guatemalan journalist flees city after threats, harassment

New York, November 1, 2011--A Guatemalan newspaper columnist has faced intimidation and harassment after writing a piece that raised questions about the disappearance of a person in the western city of Panajachel. The journalist, Lucía Escobar, said she fled the city on Friday after growing fearful.

November 1, 2011 4:51 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

Peru frees journalist jailed for defamation

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Saturday of Peruvian journalist Paul Segundo Garay Ramírez, a television and radio news show host who had been imprisoned for more than six months. Citing flawed evidence, the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Garay's conviction on charges of defaming a prosecutor in Coronel Portillo, according to news reports.

October 31, 2011 3:23 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Venezuela

Globovisión fined millions for its riot reporting

Inmates are subdued after a prison riot in Cabimas, Venezuela. Globovisión was fined more than US$2 million for its coverage of the uprising. (AP)

New York, October 19, 2011--Venezuela's telecommunications regulator has fined Globovisión, the country's last remaining critical network, more than US$2 million for its coverage of deadly prison riots in June and July, news reports said.

October 19, 2011 3:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Colombia

Colombian editor given suspended prison term

New York, October 13, 2011--A court in Cundinamarca state handed Luis Agustín González, founder and editor of Colombian monthly newspaper Cundinamarca Democrática, a 20-month suspended sentence and a fine of approximately US$5,500 on charges of criminal libel, news reports said today. The sentence stemmed from an editorial González wrote in 2008 that questioned the candidacy of a local politician. 

October 13, 2011 4:52 PM ET

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