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Killing of radio journalist highlights dangers for local reporters in Colombia's border region

July 22, 2019 1:35 PM ET

The otherwise Spartan studio of Samaniego Stereo is adorned by a white banner emblazoned with the image of Libardo Montenegro, a veteran reporter for the community radio station in southern Colombia who was shot dead on June 11. Under his photo are the words: "You will live in our...

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Locked in 'small graves': Nicaraguan journalists Mora and Pineda describe their ordeal

July 16, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda were arrested on December 21, 2018, in the Managua newsroom of 100% Noticias and spent 172 days in prison facing charges of "inciting violence and hate" and "promoting terrorism." The two journalists spoke to CPJ after their June 11 release. They will receive CPJ's...

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Press freedom summit urges Mexico to reform journalist protections

July 2, 2019 6:21 PM ET

On June 18, more than 400 people converged in Mexico City for CPJ's Mexico Press Freedom Summit. Energized by a sense that the country is at a point of profound political change under the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the conference delved into the threats for Mexican...

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Tech journalists troubled by Assange computer intrusion charge

June 20, 2019 1:15 PM ET

The Trump administration's decision to charge Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act has generated significant controversy. One legal expert described it as "crossing a "constitutional Rubicon." CPJ warned that the indictment could be the opening salvo in a broader attack on First Amendment journalistic protections....

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Uribe lawsuit part of 'systematic campaign to silence me,' Colombian reporter Coronell says

May 20, 2019 11:26 AM ET

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia's most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter....

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Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

May 15, 2019 10:50 AM ET

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, declared himself interim president....

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Mexico's press question president's commitment to press advertising reform

May 8, 2019 6:00 PM ET

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico's presidential elections last year with a promise to drastically cut the millions of dollars the government spends on press advertising each year, it appeared to signal the end to an opaque system that has been criticized as a way for governments to...

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López Obrador's anti-press rhetoric leaves Mexico's journalists feeling exposed

May 6, 2019 11:30 AM ET

During his daily press conference on April 15, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters, "If you go too far, you know what will happen." López Obrador clarified his remarks the following day, saying he meant that the public would hold reporters who unfairly criticize the government to...

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CPJ joins letter urging Trump administration to address targeting of journalists at border

May 1, 2019 9:05 AM ET

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined more than 100 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials expressing deep concern over recent actions by the department's law enforcement agencies--Customs and Border Protection and...

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Supreme Court could limit FOIA, curtail investigative reporting

April 18, 2019 3:32 PM ET

It's been over eight years since Jonathan Ellis, an investigative reporter at the Argus Leader, filed what he thought was a routine Freedom of Information Act request. He wanted five years of reimbursement data from the Agriculture Department (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--a program that helps people with...

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