Americas / 2010

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Unexpected departure: From jail to exile

December 28, 2010 10:00 AM ET

It was about 4 in the afternoon on July 8 when the official assigned to me at Toledo Prison, where I'd been locked up for nearly five years, came running to get me. He was in such a hurry that that he tripped and almost fell to the ground....

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Six stories: Online journalists killed in 2010

December 17, 2010 3:52 PM ET

This week, CPJ published its year-end analysis of work-related fatalities among journalists. Six of the 42 victims worked online. While you can read the full statistics and our special report elsewhere, I want to highlight the stories of these six journalists who worked on the Web....

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CPJ mourns the passing of Richard Holbrooke

December 14, 2010 2:15 PM ET

Richard C. Holbrooke, "one of the giants of American foreign policy" in President Barack Obama's words, was also an ally of press freedom and a good friend to CPJ. In a statement marking Holbrooke's death at age 69, Chairman Paul E. Steiger said: "CPJ mourns the passing of Ambassador...

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Being a Cuban journalist: Harassed, repressed, and jailed

December 14, 2010 9:50 AM ET

The president of the tribunal looked to his right and said, "The prosecutor has the floor." With a serious voice he pronounced the sentence: "The prosecutor ratifies the request for perpetual imprisonment for the accused, Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, for acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the...

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Internet Blotter

December 10, 2010 4:58 PM ET

Venezuela prepares law to regulate media, including the Internet. Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan briefly released from jail on $1.5 million bail... ...but fellow Iranian-Canadian anti-censorship software designer Saeed Malekpour still faces death penalty. Syrian telecom minister says awareness of the dangers, not censorship of the Internet is the solution....

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An uncanny alliance to benefit CPJ's assistance program

December 9, 2010 4:13 PM ET

While a first glance, The Irish-Mexican Alliance might seem like an unorthodox partnership, last night's poetry and music fundraising event for CPJ at Connolly's Pub near Times Square proved otherwise. ...

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With 145 journalists behind bars, what's in a number?

December 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Today we released our annual census of imprisoned journalists around the world, citing 145 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, an increase of nine from 2009 figures. The tally begs the question, What's in a number?...

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Internet Blotter

December 1, 2010 4:51 PM ET

Wikileaks hit by denial-of-service attack, turns to Amazon hosting... ...but Amazon drops the site following pressure from a U.S. senator. Google extends its https encryption to YouTube, making video blocking harder. Censorship of the Net directly related to how authoritarian a regime is, claims a study. Venezuala's telecom regulator...

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Trying to forget: Torture haunts freed Cuban journalist

November 30, 2010 9:42 AM ET

I long to forget, but cannot. To erase from my memory the murmurs of suffering, the plaintive screams of torture, the screeching bars, the unmistakable music of padlocks, the garrulous sentinels......

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CPJ Press Freedom Awardee: 'I always wanted answers'

November 18, 2010 5:55 PM ET

The last few weeks have been extremely busy for everyone at CPJ as we've been preparing for the 2010 International Press Freedom Awards. Today's press conference in Washington will be followed by a series of events culminating in our awards ceremony Tuesday in New York. As always, the awardees...

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