Americas / 2013

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, December 2013

December 31, 2013 12:17 PM ET

End-of-year Impact As 2013 draws to a close, CPJ looks back on the highlights of the year, when we stepped in and advocated for journalists and news outlets at risk around the world. Thank you for all you have done to support us, and please continue to join us in our important work....

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Argentina should release editor accused of sedition

December 18, 2013 4:51 PM ET

New York, December 18, 2013--Argentine authorities should immediately release a journalist who has been detained for more than a week and accused of sedition, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Explosive device thrown at journalist's home in Peru

December 12, 2013 11:12 AM ET

Unidentified assailants threw an explosive device at the house of a Peruvian journalist at 2 a.m. on December 10, 2013, according to news reports....

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TV journalist murdered in Honduras

December 9, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder on Saturday of a Honduran journalist, identify a motive, and bring those responsible to justice....

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Brazil should support the International Day to End Impunity

November 18, 2013 10:39 AM ET

New York, November 18, 2013--Brazil should make a strong statement committing to reverse the country's long history of impunity in journalist murders on November 23, the International Day to End Impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists stated in a letter to Dilma Vana Rousseff, president of the Federal Republic of Brazil.

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 13, 2013 4:29 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards New York, November 13, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All...

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CPJ hails elimination of criminal defamation in Jamaica

November 7, 2013 3:56 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the repeal of criminal libel provisions by the Jamaican Parliament on Tuesday as a step forward in the campaign to eliminate criminal defamation in the Americas....

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 6, 2013 1:17 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom AwardsNew York, November 6, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All have faced...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2013

November 4, 2013 12:44 PM ET

CPJ launches US report Following CPJ's release of its report on the state of press freedom in the United States, the organization is pursuing high-level meetings with the White House. CPJ had drafted six recommendations that were shared with President Obama, including calling for a guarantee that journalists would...

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In Peru, two journalists handed suspended jail terms

October 25, 2013 5:20 PM ET

Two Peruvian journalists in the central Peruvian city of Ayacucho who had reported on alleged government corruption were convicted of criminal defamation, fined, and handed suspended jail sentences in two separate cases on October 21, 2013, according to news reports....

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Leak probes, surveillance constrict freedom of the press in U.S.

October 10, 2013 10:08 AM ET

Washington, October 10, 2013--The Obama administration's aggressive war on leaks and other efforts to control information are without precedent, according to 30 experienced Washington journalists interviewed for a new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report found that despite President Barack Obama's promise to head the...

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CPJ calls on Obama to preserve press freedom climate in the U.S.

October 7, 2013 11:56 AM ET

Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our concern regarding a pattern of actions taken by your administration that impedes the flow of information on issues of great public interest and thwarts the free and open discussion necessary to a democracy. We cite specifically the use of secret subpoenas against news organizations, prosecutions that equate leaking classified documents to the press with espionage, and the increased limitations on access to information that is in the public interest.

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Gunmen kill Colombian vendor who collaborated on story

October 1, 2013 1:56 PM ET

Bogotá, October 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday's murder of a Colombian newspaper vendor who had collaborated with journalists on exposing misbehavior by guards at a local prison, and calls on authorities to investigate....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2013

September 30, 2013 5:11 PM ET

Press freedom award winners announced Four journalists--Janet Hinostroza (Teleamazonas, Ecuador), Bassem Youssef (Capital Broadcast Center, Egypt), Nedim Şener (Posta, Turkey), and Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay, Vietnam)--will be honored with CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of their courageous reporting in the face of severe reprisal.Upon receiving the...

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CPJ examines press freedom under Obama

September 30, 2013 4:33 PM ET

Upcoming report looks at leak investigations and surveillanceNew York, September 30, 2013-- The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its first comprehensive report on press freedom conditions in the United States. Leonard Downie Jr., former Washington Post executive editor and now the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School...

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In Peru, journalist handed suspended jail term

September 26, 2013 11:11 AM ET

Peruvian journalist Humberto Espinoza Maguiña was convicted twice in two consecutive days in September 2013 on charges of defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. He received a two-year suspended prison sentence and was fined US$2,000 in damages....

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Radio host gunned down in Colombia

September 16, 2013 4:15 PM ET

Bogotá, September 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder of a radio host on Wednesday. Édison Alberto Molina, a lawyer and politician who hosted a radio program that he used to denounce government corruption, was shot and killed in...

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Mexico drops charges in Blancornelas murder attempt

September 6, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the decision of a Mexican judge to dismiss charges against Marco Arturo Quiñones Sánchez, one of the gunmen implicated in the 1997 assassination attempt against J. Jesús Blancornelas, founder and former editor of the Tijuana-based weekly magazine Zeta....

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CPJ troubled by reports NSA spied on Al-Jazeera

September 2, 2013 12:22 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by a report by Der Spiegel saying the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) accessed Al Jazeera's internal communications. Citing documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA hacked into the...

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News outlets, Twitter targeted in alleged cyberattacks

August 28, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by cyber-attacks on several websites on Tuesday, including The New York Times, whose site was disabled for several hours. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, took credit for the...

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Manning sentence could chill reporting

August 21, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, August 21, 2013--The 35-year prison sentence handed down today to Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on charges of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks could chill the work of journalists covering national security issues....

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One journalist murdered, another attacked, in Guatemala

August 20, 2013 5:10 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Authorities in Guatemala should conduct a full investigation into the murder of a TV and radio journalist who was found on Monday after being reported missing for several hours, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez was killed seven days after another...

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Two Venezuelan dailies sanctioned for graphic photo

August 12, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling by a Venezuelan judge against two dailies last week that bans the publication of violent photographs and imposes hefty fines, according to news reports....

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Gunman sentenced in murder of Brazilian journalist

August 9, 2013 2:22 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Tuesday's conviction for the 2010 murder of Brazilian radio journalist and blogger Francisco Gomes de Medeiros. João Francisco dos Santos was sentenced to 27 years in prison on charges of shooting and killing the journalist in the northeastern city of...

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Manning case raises worries about chilling effect

July 30, 2013 5:23 PM ET

New York, July 30, 2013--Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose leak of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks sparked a military court-martial that raised alarms about the chilling effect on the press, was convicted today on six counts of violating the Espionage Act, along with theft and other charges, but...

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Assailants attack Honduran TV journalist

July 24, 2013 3:57 PM ET

Unidentified assailants attacked a television host in the city of Puerto Cortés on July 17, 2013, according to news reports....

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Mexican crime reporter shot to death in Oaxaca

July 18, 2013 3:52 PM ET

Mexico City, July 18, 2013--Mexican authorities should conduct an open and thorough investigation into the murder of a crime reporter whose body was found on Wednesday in Oaxaca City, the capital of Oaxaca state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alberto López Bello had been badly beaten and shot,...

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Kidnapped reporter found dead in Honduras

July 11, 2013 2:44 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2013--The body of Honduran radio journalist Aníbal Barrow was found on Tuesday on the riverbank of a lagoon near the city of San Pedro Sula, according to news reports. Barrow had been kidnapped from his car on June 24, the reports said."We are saddened by...

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Radio station attacked with explosives in Peru

July 9, 2013 1:21 PM ET

Bogotá, July 9, 2013--Peruvian authorities should immediately investigate a bomb attack on the offices of Radio Tropicana in the town of Satipo on July 4, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. No one was hurt, but the station's offices were badly damaged, the station's manager told CPJ....

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Pakistan should allow access for foreign journalists

July 8, 2013 11:14 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Sharif: We are writing to express our deep concern about the expulsion of at least three foreign journalists from Pakistan. While Pakistan remains a dangerous country for journalists, we are concerned that it is also fast becoming inhospitable to international correspondents.

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Unidentified gunmen kidnap Honduran TV journalist

June 25, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2013--Authorities must do everything in their power to ensure the safe release of Honduran television journalist Aníbal Barrow, who was abducted on Monday, and to bring the kidnappers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Obama should urge promotion of free press in Tanzania

June 25, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Dear President Obama: Ahead of your first trip to East Africa, we would like to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Tanzania. In your meetings with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, we ask that you discuss the critical importance of press freedom to economic development and democracy.

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Journalists attacked, detained amid Brazil protests

June 21, 2013 3:11 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2013--At least 25 journalists have reported being attacked or detained amid protests that have swept Brazil over the past two weeks, growing from discontent in São Paulo over public transportation fare hikes to wider nationwide demonstrations against government policies....

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CPJ dismayed by approval of media law in Ecuador

June 14, 2013 1:35 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2013--The new Communications Law approved today by the Ecuadoran National Assembly represents a severe blow to freedom of expression, said the Committee to Protect Journalists. The law establishes regulation of editorial content and gives authorities the power to impose arbitrary sanctions and censor the press....

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Media executive gunned down in Brazil

June 13, 2013 5:02 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Brazilian authorities must identify the motive behind Tuesday's murder of a media executive, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Four masked men shot José Roberto Ornelas de Lemos at least 41 times while he was at a bakery in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro,...

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Brazilian journalists detained while covering protest

June 13, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--At least three Brazilian journalists were detained by military police while covering a protest on Tuesday, with one still in custody, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Brazilian authorities to allow journalists to be able to work freely without fear of...

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Venezuela releases jailed US filmmaker, deports him

June 5, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2013--A U.S. filmmaker jailed in Venezuela since April on trumped-up charges of espionage has been freed and deported from the country, news accounts reported today. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Timothy Hallet Tracy, and calls on Venezuelan authorities to allow all journalists...

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Peruvian journalist convicted in criminal defamation case

May 31, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Alcides Peñaranda Oropeza, editor of the Peruvian daily and magazine Integración, was sentenced on May 21 in the city of Huaraz to a two-year suspended prison sentence and 10,000 soles (US$$3,662) in damages on charges of criminally defaming Cesar Álvarez Aguilar, governor of the northern Ancash region, according to news reports....

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Journalist who reported on crime attacked in Peru

May 31, 2013 4:52 PM ET

Peruvian journalist Jorge Alberto Moncada Mino was attacked by unidentified assailants in the city of Chiclayo in the northern department of Lambayeque on May 24, according to news reports. Moncada, who reports for the daily El Ciclón de Chiclayo and Radio Caliente, was entering a store near his home to...

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CPJ condemns ransacking of radio station in Bolivia

May 28, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 28, 2013--An attack on a community radio station in central Bolivia constitutes a politically motivated attempt to censor its news coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today as it called on authorities to investigate and apprehend the attackers....

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Honduras should investigate attack on two journalists

May 23, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--Honduran authorities must conduct a full and thorough investigation into Monday's attack on two journalists in the northern town of La Ceiba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists shot at New Orleans parade

May 21, 2013 4:43 PM ET

Two journalists were shot and wounded during a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans on May 12, 2013, that left 19 people injured, according to news reports....

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CPJ alarmed by U.S. Justice scrutiny of Fox News reporter

May 21, 2013 1:10 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter, which come a week after revelations that the government seized phone records of The Associated Press....

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CPJ board protests secret seizure of AP phone records

May 21, 2013 10:13 AM ET

Dear Attorney General Holder and Deputy Attorney General Cole: CPJ's board of directors rarely has seen the need to raise its collective voice against U.S. government actions that threaten newsgathering. Today, however, we write to vigorously protest the secret seizing of phone records of The Associated Press. The overly broad scope of the subpoena and the lack of notification to the AP represent a damaging setback for press freedom in the United States and set a terrible example for the rest of the world.

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At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press

May 16, 2013 5:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Ethiopia, where you will attend this year's African Union Summit. A vibrant press and civil society is fundamental to hold governments accountable and to ensure long-term development and stability. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, we ask that you include the issue of press freedom in your discussion of the challenges that Africa will face in the next half-century.

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Authorities discover plot to kill Colombian journalist

May 15, 2013 3:48 PM ET

Bogotá, May 15, 2013--Colombian authorities must bring to justice all those responsible for an alleged plot to assassinate a journalist and two political analysts who had been investigating links between local politicians and organized crime, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ alarmed by US seizure of AP phone records

May 14, 2013 3:36 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that the United States Justice Department seized two months of telephone records of journalists with The Associated Press....

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Land restitution coverage leads to threats in Colombia

May 8, 2013 2:46 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 8, 2013--A shadowy group that claims to oppose land restitution efforts in Colombia has told eight journalists who cover the issue to leave the northern city of Valledupar or be killed, according to CPJ interviews and news reports....

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Guatemalan outlet harassed after critical reporting

May 2, 2013 3:48 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Guatemalan news outlet elPeriódico has been targeted in a series of cyberattacks as it published stories alleging corruption in President Otto Pérez Molina's administration. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate immediately and put an end to the harassment....

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Semana editor Calderón escapes shooting unharmed

May 2, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to fully investigate an attack against editor Ricardo Calderón, whose car was shot at by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday night in the town of Girardot. Calderón was unharmed....

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Venezuela must present evidence or release US filmmaker

April 26, 2013 6:10 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2013--Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday arrested a U.S. citizen working on a documentary film in the country and accused him of instigating unrest....

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Full investigation needed in Mexican journalist's murder

April 25, 2013 5:03 PM ET

Mexico City, April 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins journalists with the Mexican daily Vanguardia in calling on authorities to launch an efficient and thorough investigation into the murder of photographer Daniel Martínez Balzaldúa....

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CPJ commends new Mexican legislation

April 25, 2013 1:41 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2013-The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the approval today of legislation that will implement a constitutional amendment that gives federal authorities in Mexico broader jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against freedom of expression. "This is a legislative milestone and a step forward in the fight against the impunity...

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Journalist missing in Veracruz for 3 months

April 22, 2013 3:26 PM ET

Mexico City, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities to fully investigate the disappearance of journalist Sergio Landa Rosado in the state of Veracruz. Landa, who covers the crime beat for the local daily Diario Cardel, has been missing since January, according to news reports....

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CPJ alarmed by threats against Article 19 in Mexico

April 22, 2013 1:33 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a death threat sent to the Mexico office of the international freedom of expression organization Article 19. "Mexican authorities must launch an exhaustive investigation into this threat and bring those responsible to justice," said CPJ Senior Americas...

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Journalist threatened after reporting on Veracruz murder

April 17, 2013 6:20 PM ET

Mexico City, April 17, 2013--The national Mexican magazine Proceso reported Tuesday that it has learned of a plot by officials in the government of Veracruz to harm journalist Jorge Carrasco, who has reported extensively on the murder of the magazine's correspondent in that state.  The Committee to Protect Journalists calls...

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Another Vale do Aço journalist gunned down in Brazil

April 15, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2013--Brazilian authorities must bring to justice the assailants involved in the murder of a crime photographer on Sunday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Walgney Assis Carvalho was a freelance photographer who contributed to the daily Vale do Aço in the southeastern state of...

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Armed men shoot at TV journalist in Honduras

April 10, 2013 2:05 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--Unidentified gunmen apparently fired upon a Honduran TV journalist whose work had included coverage of a sensitive land conflict, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to conduct a thorough and effective investigation that leads to arrests in the attack against...

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CPJ welcomes release of Cuban journalist

April 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter with the independent news agency Centro de Información Hablemos Press, who had been imprisoned since September while reporting on an international medical donation to Cuba....

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Obama should press Israel to return Wattan TV property

March 19, 2013 6:01 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--During his trip to the region this week, U.S. President Barack Obama should call on Israeli authorities to return the equipment of an independent broadcaster that was seized more than a year ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ urges OAS not to weaken human rights system

March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Dear OAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs: Ahead of the assembly of the Organization of American States on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to oppose any attempts to debilitate the regional human rights system. The failure of member states to preserve the autonomy and independence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its special rapporteur on freedom of expression would make citizens throughout the hemisphere more vulnerable to human rights violations and represent a blow to democracy in the Americas.

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Newspaper director gets jail for defamation in Ecuador

March 12, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentence issued Friday to Yaco Martínez, director of the daily La Nación in the province of Carchi. Martínez was convicted of defaming a former governor with an article published in his newspaper, according to news reports....

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Letter bomb sent to home of Colombian journalist

March 11, 2013 4:06 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to investigate an attack on a journalist who had denounced political corruption and the activities of leftist guerrilla groups in the region. Juan David Betancur received a letter bomb in the mail on Thursday that failed to...

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Journalist shot dead in Brazil, second in two weeks

March 8, 2013 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2013--Brazilian authorities must immediately investigate today's murder of a journalist and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gunmen shoot at offices of two news outlets in Mexico

March 7, 2013 5:29 PM ET

Gunmen shot at the offices of the daily El Diario de Juárez and the television station Channel 44 in Ciudad Juárez early in the morning of March 6, 2013, according to news reports. The attacks resulted in slight material damage to the buildings, but no injuries....

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Venezuelan authorities must ensure safety of press

March 6, 2013 3:08 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on Carmen Andrea Rengifo, a correspondent for the Colombian TV station RCN, by crowds who had gathered in Caracas to mourn the death of President Hugo Chávez. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the assault immediately....

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News website editor shot to death in Mexico

March 5, 2013 12:37 PM ET

Mexico City, March 5, 2013--Mexican authorities must identify the motive in the weekend murder of a news website editor in Chihuahua state and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Authorities must explain conviction of Cuban writer

February 28, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2013--Cuban writer and blogger Ángel Santiesteban Prats is expected to begin serving a five-year jail sentence today on assault and trespassing charges brought by his former wife, accusations he has insisted have been fabricated. ...

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Unidentified gunman kills Peruvian photographer in Lima

February 25, 2013 1:01 PM ET

Bogota, Colombia, February 25, 2013--Authorities in Peru should immediately determine the motive behind the murder of a journalist on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Local radio journalist shot dead in Brazil

February 25, 2013 12:20 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--A local radio reporter who often denounced crime on his show was shot dead on Friday in northern Brazil, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder and calls on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: Mexican Self-Censorship Takes Root

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Reporters can't tell the public that organized crime has taken over a Mexican state. By Mike O'Connor...

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Attacks on the Press: How the Americas Failed Press Freedom

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

A system to defend free expression is under attack from foes and former allies. By Carlos Lauría...

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Attacks on the Press: Deadly Trend in Brazil

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The murders of two bloggers mark a surge in deadly anti-press violence. By John Otis...

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Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: The Year in Photos

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Venezuela

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Fresh from his re-election in October, President Hugo Chávez Frías sought treatment in Cuba for the recurrence of an unspecified form of cancer, leaving the nation's political landscape in doubt as 2012 came to a close. Chávez said during the campaign that he was free of the cancer that first...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: United States

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The Obama administration continued to clamp down on officials who leak sensitive information to the news media. A former CIA officer pleaded guilty to criminal charges of leaking a covert operative's identity, effectively ending a legal battle by three journalists fighting government subpoenas to testify in the case. The director...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Peru

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Anti-press violence dipped slightly, but impunity persisted in past attacks. The prosecutor in charge of investigating the 2011 slaying of TV journalist Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva was murdered himself in April 2012, the same week he was to announce his findings. The following month, national police announced that Flores’ murder...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Mexico

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

As the military battled drug cartels--and the gangs clashed with one another--the press came under fire from criminals and corrupt officials seeking to control the flow of information. Journalists disappeared or were threatened or forced to flee in reprisal for their work, and several media outlets were attacked. Freelance journalist...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Honduras

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Journalists who report on sensitive issues such as drug trafficking, government corruption, and land conflicts face frequent threats and attacks in a nation so gripped by violence and lawlessness that it has become one of the most murderous places in the world. The abduction and murder of Ángel Alfredo Villatoro,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: El Salvador

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Journalists felt the effect of widespread gang-related violence. The staff of the online news site El Faro faced intimidation after reporting on a criminal network involving businessmen and politicians, and after revealing secret negotiations between the government and gangs. Unidentified individuals followed and photographed El Faro’s journalists, Editor Carlos Dada...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Ecuador

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

The press freedom climate continued its sharp decline under President Rafael Correa. Courts upheld defamation convictions against executives of the daily El Universo and authors of the book Big Brother in connection with their critical coverage of the Correa administration. The president, who initiated the complaints, later pardoned the journalists,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Cuba

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Though Cuba projected an image of a nation opening up economically and politically, it took no substantive steps to promote freedom of expression. The authorities announced plans to eliminate exit visa regulations that had long restricted Cuban travel, but skeptics expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to the reform. The...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Colombia

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Journalists faced resurgent violence from illegal armed groups in the months before President Juan Manuel Santos’ government announced peace talks with the leftist guerrilla organization Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The group, also known as the FARC, held French reporter Roméo Langlois captive for more than a month, the first...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Brazil

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Brazil’s international profile remained on the rise, but its government consistently failed to show leadership on press freedom issues. Anti-press violence surged with four work-related fatalities; the country’s ranking also worsened on CPJ’s Impunity Index, which highlights countries where journalists are killed regularly and the authorities fail to solve the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Argentina

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Disputes between Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government and top media outlets intensified. Despite a Supreme Court ruling that ordered equitable distribution of state advertising, Kirchner’s government continued to withhold government ads from outlets critical of her administration, while lavishing business on those that provided favorable coverage, a CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Americas

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Analyses and data track press conditions throughout the region. Mike O'Connor describes cartel-imposed censorship in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. Carlos Lauría recounts how members of the Organization of American States failed to stand up for press freedom. And John Otis examines a spike in Brazilian murders targeting critical bloggers....

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Killed in 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: The Power of the Ordinary

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Who is allowed to talk? What are they allowed to say? Award winners seek the answers. By Kristin Jones...

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: Divided, Journalists Are at Risk

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

No amount of security training can make up for a lack of professional solidarity. By Frank Smyth...

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Attacks on the Press: Missing

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Police never bothered to look for cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda. It's not unusual. By María Salazar-Ferro...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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Peruvian journalist shot after reporting on corruption

February 6, 2013 5:10 PM ET

Bogota, Colombia, February 6, 2013--A provincial radio journalist in southern Peru who has reported on local government corruption was shot in the leg while riding his motorcycle to work today, according to local press reports and the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS).  ...

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Colombian journalists flee homes after receiving threats

February 1, 2013 3:36 PM ET

Bogotá, February 1, 2013--Authorities in Colombia should ensure the safety of two journalists who have fled the northern city of Montería after being threatened for their reporting on criminal groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Brazilian journalist ordered to pay damages in libel case

January 31, 2013 3:54 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2013--Appellate courts in Brazil should overturn a decision ordering journalist Lúcio Flavio Pinto to pay more than $200,000 in damages in connection with a libel suit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, who was initially found liable in late 2012, lost an...

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Brazilian police investigating murder of radio host

January 14, 2013 1:23 PM ET

Two unidentified men shot Renato Machado Gonçalves as he was returning home with his family at night on January 8, 2013, in the city of São João da Barra, in northern Rio de Janeiro state, according to news reports. Machado's six-year-old niece was also injured in the attack, the...

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Globovisión probed over Chávez inauguration reports

January 10, 2013 5:12 PM ET

Bogotá, January 10, 2013--Venezuelan authorities announced late Wednesday that they had launched an investigation against a private TV station that had aired reports questioning the legality of postponing the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to immediately drop this politicized investigation and...

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U.S. daily harassed after publishing map of gun owners

January 7, 2013 4:14 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns continued harassment and threats against staff of The Journal News after the New York state-based daily published an interactive map that identified local gun permit holders. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly and take all appropriate law...

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