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Article 19 denounces Colombian court ruling that preserves criminal defamation

The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled on May 25 that criminal defamation is constitutional, prompting criticism from freedom of expression advocates, Article 19 reports via IFEX.

Mexican editor criticizes U.S. newspapers for lack of front-page coverage of drug trafficking

U.S. newspapers should do a much better job covering drug trafficking in their own cities, charged a Mexican editor who argues the drug cartels love nothing better than to limit coverage of their deadly activities.

Human rights report: Mexican government is complicit in violence against journalists

Nearly 70 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 and the the Mexican government is “complicit” in the crimes against media workers, according to a new report by PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Star reports.

Guatemalan journalists meet to improve election coverage and strengthen digital reporting network

The meeting began with a moment of silence for slain television journalist Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdamez. Nearly 80 journalists bowed their heads as they gathered for the “3rd International Meeting of Journalists from the Departments and the Capital of Guatemala.” Their mission: to bring journalists together for training and dialogue in hopes of improving coverage of the upcoming elections.

Sexually assaulted journalists fear retribution if they step forward, CPJ report says

Journalists who have been sexually assaulted in the line of work have been reluctant to step forward for fear of being reassigned, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed June 7 in a new report "The Silencing Crime: Sexual Violence and Journalists."

Stanford's Knight Fellows focus digital projects on journalism issues in the Americas

Knight Fellows at Stanford University recently discussed digital initiatives in the Americas, including a plan to improve communication among Cuban bloggers, a proposed web portal to help Latino teens become better informed, and an online "toolkit" to help journalists cover Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

UNESCO calls for protection of “digital rights” to counter government Internet restrictions

Coinciding with a call by international organizations for increased freedom of expression on the Internet, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report urges governments to support internet use as a human right, GigaOm reports.

CPJ report: Journalists killed with impunity in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual Impunity Index, which ranks three Latin American countries among those where killers of journalist regularly escape justice, The Associated Press reports.

Dominican journalist jailed for allegedly libeling prosecutor

A judge in the Dominican Republic has ordered TV reporter José Agustin Silvestre de los Santos held on $5,250 bail pending a trial for allegedly defaming a La Romana prosecutor in a report accusing the official of ties to drug trafficking, Diario Libre reports.

IAPA urges President Calderón to resolve murder of Mexican journalis

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is urging Mexican President Felipe Calderón to renew investigative efforts into the 2008 killing of journalist Armando Rodríguez, IAPA said in a press release May 26.