Americas / 2014

Venezuela violated freedom of speech by refusing to renew TV license, groups assert in court papers

May 12, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Amicus brief filed by CPJ and New York City Bar Association New York, May 12, 2014--Venezuela's May 2007 refusal to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, violated Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and is "a violation of settled inter-American principles of freedom...

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Violence and judicial censorship afflict journalists in Brazil

May 5, 2014 5:36 PM ET

Rousseff administration takes steps, but impunity still haunts the World Cup host Brasilia, May 6, 2014--Brazil is home to a vibrant investigative press, but journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. The media is also subject to legal harassment that drains resources and censors important stories, according to...

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Halftime for the Brazilian press

April 24, 2014 3:24 PM ET

CPJ to release report on press freedom, internet freedom, impunity, and censorship in Brazil New York, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on the press freedom climate in Brazil as the country gears up to host the World Cup this summer, followed by...

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Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

April 24, 2014 1:31 PM ET

Bogotá, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news...

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CPJ condemns jailing of Cuban citizen journalist

April 22, 2014 11:28 AM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Juliet Michelena Díaz, a member of a network of citizen journalists, and calls on Cuban authorities to release her immediately. Michelena was detained on April 7 days after photographing a police operation in Havana, according to news...

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Peruvian journalist loses eye while covering protest

April 14, 2014 10:55 AM ET

Rudy Huallpa Cayo, a journalist with local television station Telecultura 7, lost his left eye after being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest on April 1, 2014, in the province of Melgar, according to news reports.  ...

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Journalist murders silence the press

April 9, 2014 1:56 PM ET

CPJ to launch 2014 Impunity Index New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its 2014 Impunity Index, a global tally of countries with the highest number of unsolved press murders. The index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, shows...

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Costa Rican court strikes down tracking of daily's calls

April 9, 2014 12:26 PM ET

The constitutional chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on March 21, 2014, that the government's secret monitoring of phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation was unconstitutional, according to news reports. ...

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Alabama blogger released after five months in jail

April 8, 2014 2:36 PM ET

Roger Shuler, whose blog, Legal Schnauzer, specializes in allegations of corruption and scandal in Republican circles in Alabama, was released from jail on March 26, 2014, after spending more than five months in prison on contempt of court charges. Shuler was arrested on October 1, 2013, for failing to comply with...

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Peru court gives journalist suspended jail term

April 8, 2014 1:43 PM ET

Peruvian journalist César Quino Escudero was sentenced on March 21, 2014, to a six-month suspended prison sentence for defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. Quino was also fined US$8,400 in damages and sentenced to 120 days of community service.  ...

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