Americas / 2012

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Americas

February 21, 2012 11:30 PM ET

Analyses and data chart press freedom conditions throughout the region. Carlos Lauría describes the rise of state media as a powerful propaganda tool. Mike O'Connor exposes Mexico's failed efforts to combat deadly violence against the press....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: State Media As Anti-Media Tool

February 21, 2012 11:30 PM ET

In some Latin American countries, state-owned media are used not only for propaganda but as platforms to smear critics, including journalists. Some elected leaders have even invested in large multimedia holdings to further their agendas. By Carlos Lauría...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: In Mexico, Silence or Death Remains the Choice

February 21, 2012 11:29 PM ET

The Mexican president promised to protect a besieged press corps with a federal protection program, a special prosecutor and new legislation making anti-press violence a federal crime. But Felipe Calderón Hinojosa has failed at nearly every turn. By Mike O'Connor...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Working in Peril

February 21, 2012 11:28 PM ET

This video companion to Attacks on the Press recounts the story of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who works in one of the world's most dangerous places. (3:26) Read the Attacks on the Press 2011 country profile on Mexico....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: The Year in Photos

February 21, 2012 11:16 PM ET

Photographers from The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and other news outlets documented historic events in 2011, often at great peril. The Year in Photographs: Press Freedom in 2011 features images from the Arab uprisings, South Asia's armed conflicts, and political repression in the Americas, Africa, and Europe....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Venezuela

February 21, 2012 12:46 AM ET

President Hugo Chávez Frías’ administration continued its systematic campaign to stifle critical reporting through regulatory, judicial, and legislative avenues. The telecommunications regulator fined Globovisión, the country's sole critical television station, more than US$2 million for its coverage of deadly prison riots in June and July. The regulator invoked the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: United States

February 21, 2012 12:45 AM ET

A federal judge ruled in favor of reporter James Risen, who invoked his First Amendment rights to protect a confidential source. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other groups called the ruling an important victory for the press. The Department of Justice, which appealed the decision,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Peru

February 21, 2012 12:44 AM ET

Press freedom suffered notable setbacks in 2011. In the run-up to the presidential election in June, journalists reported an alarming rise in attacks and threats in response to campaign coverage. In northern Peru, one journalist was murdered in reprisal for his work, while two others were killed under unclear...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Mexico

February 21, 2012 12:43 AM ET

Criminal groups exerted extraordinary pressure on the press as they extended their control over virtually every sector of society. Journalists were killed or disappeared, media outlets were bombed and threatened. Pervasive self-censorship was a devastating consequence of this environment. In an information vacuum, journalists and citizens increasingly used social...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Honduras

February 21, 2012 12:42 AM ET

The Honduran press continued to suffer the violent fallout of the 2009 coup that ousted Manuel Zelaya. Four broadcast journalists were murdered in 2011 under unclear circumstances. CPJ is investigating to determine whether the killings were work-related. A climate of violence and widespread impunity has made the country one...

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