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New president of Mexico asked not to forget journalist missing for 8 years

In a front-page editorial on April 2, the Mexican newspaper El Imparcial asked the new president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, not to forget the case of Alfredo Jiménez Mota, a journalist who covered the police beat in the northern state of Sonora and disappeared eight years ago.

Haitian editor gunned down; IPI urges authorities to consider his journalistic work as a motive

The International Press Institute is urging authorities in Haiti to consider Georges Henri Honorat's role as a journalist among the possible motives for his shooting last week, citing several instances of journalists targeted for their work in Haiti.

The founder of Blog del Narco reveals in her first interview that she is a young female reporter

The founder of Blog del Narco is a young woman living in northern Mexico, revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian and the website Texas Observer in the first interview with the administrator of the hugely popular blog. 

AP drops "illegal immigrant" from Stylebook

The Associated Press reversed its defense of the term “illegal immigrant” and dropped it from the AP Stylebook, according to the wire service’s blog on Tuesday, April 2. 

Brazilian journalist ordered to pay $15,000 in moral damages to network news director

Luiz Carlos Azenha, journalist for the Brazilian news network Rede Record and editor of the blog Viomundo, was ordered to pay nearly $15,000 in moral damages to TV Global's news and sports director, Ali Kamel, reported the website Consultor Jurídico.

New bill would decriminalize defamation in Jamaica

The Jamaican government will submit new defamation legislation designed to protect journalists in their work, reported the news website Caribbean360.  Information Minister Sandrea Falconer says the new law will remove the distinction between libel and slander, set up a single defamation cause, and abolish the criminal libel law, added the website.

After threats from organized crime, citizen journalist's social media accounts in Mexico go dark without explanation

After citing security concerns and work conflicts, the post went on to say, “It was necessary at this time to pause and re-think our activities and objectives.” The post declared that the accounts would eventually re-open, reported Animal Político.

After years of threats, Mexican journalist fights to keep armed protection: By Anabel Hernández

In the following guest column written for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Hernández describes the effects and consequences her investigations have had on her life -- and the lives of her family and sources.

RSF urges Colombia to protect journalists from police violence

Colombian reporters covering a coffee workers’ strike in the departments of Hulia and Tolima face violence from police forces and lack adequate protection, according to a March 8 letter from Reporters Without Borders

Cuban journalist begins second hunger strike

Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias began a hunger strike on March 6 to demand his immediate release.