Americas / 2011

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Hugo Chávez, free expression prize winner

April 1, 2011 3:18 PM ET

Just as the awardee himself anticipated (in his subconscious, after all, he is no idiot), this "freedom of expression award" stirred up disapproval and indignation across the board. Notwithstanding, no one should question the decision of Argentina's University of La Plata. If anyone has freedom of expression in Venezuela,...

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For Cuban blogger Sánchez, a government 'distinction'

March 25, 2011 12:28 PM ET

Acclaimed Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has had her share of honors lately. Last year alone, her blogging, which offers a personal and critical view of life in Cuba, was honored by the Dutch Prince Claus Fund, the International Press Institute, and the Danish Centre for Political Studies. This week,...

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In breakthrough, Mexican media sign crime accord

March 24, 2011 4:59 PM ET

Major Mexican press organizations agreed today on a code for coverage of organized crime, a step seen as a national breakthrough that could set professional standards well into the future. Though organized crime has been the major story in Mexico for several years, coverage has been haphazard based on time,...

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Remembering Bernard Estrade, a friend and AFP legend

March 21, 2011 3:44 PM ET

Legendary Agence France-Presse correspondents Bernard Estrade died last week in Paris after a long illness. He was one of the great reporters of his era and a great friend of CPJ....

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A not so dark Cuban Black Spring anniversary

March 18, 2011 4:17 PM ET

March 18 is not a day we usually look forward to at CPJ. On this day in 2003, the Cuban government launched a massive crackdown on the independent press resulting in the jailing of 29 reporters. But this year we have reason to feel encouraged. On March 4, with...

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Cuban journalist survives 'hell' and emerges ready to fight

March 18, 2011 2:05 PM ET

On March 18, 2003, our people endured one of the worst episodes in Cuba's history. The peaceable political dissident community, human rights defenders, trade unionists, and independent journalists, along with representatives of the emergent and democratic civil society--74 men and one woman--were the victims of the most absolute, merciless,...

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A new spring, and a couple's devotion blossoms anew

March 18, 2011 12:18 PM ET

When I wake up and sense my husband's body next to mine, I ask myself if I'm dreaming or if it is true that he has returned to our home.Eight years have passed since 75 Cubans were uprooted from their homes for thinking differently than the governmental discourse and...

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At SXSW Interactive, theory and reality converge

March 17, 2011 5:44 PM ET

I've just returned from a hectic week at SXSW Interactive, the annual gathering of digital technologists and creators in Austin, Texas. Conferences like this are often moments of isolation from the rest of the world, where attendees become consumed with the trivia of the event itself. But because many of...

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Mexican court rules critical documentary can be shown

March 11, 2011 4:13 PM ET

When a federal judge issued an order last week to suspend screenings of documentary that investigates incompetence in the Mexican judicial system, it looked like the film might be falling victim to the very system it criticizes. The film, "Presumed Guilty" ("Presunto Culpable" in Spanish), exposes flaws in the...

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Moments before arrest in Cuba

March 8, 2011 10:31 AM ET

On March 18, 2003, I got up early as usual, connected my shortwave radio receiver, and tuned into a number of radio stations in the south of Florida in search of the day's most important news. As always, the radio interference was brutal and made it hard to hear....

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