Coverage of violence and crime by the Brazilian media is being enriched by the so-called “Police Twitterverse.” Going around department hierarchies, officers are using Twitter to narrate their day-to-day work, denounce corruption and abuse, and share their thoughts on issues ranging from police institutions to media coverage. Their posts are closely followed by reporters and academics, creating an active, critical space on social networks for discussing public security that is spilling over into how police issues are cov
Drug trafficking and transnational organized crime are the among the new threats that Guatemalan journalists are facing, according to study on freedom of expression in the country, EFE reports.
The national telecom regulator, Conatel, has urged that the law governing TV and radio broadcasts be modified to include Internet content, El Universal and El Tiempo report.
Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested a drug leader Sunday who was convicted of taking part in the assassination of TV Globo reporter Tim Lopes in 2002. Eliseu Felicio de Sousa was captured during this weekend's police invasion of the Alemão shantytown complex, the same region where Lopes was killed. The arrest was broadcast on live TV during extensive coverage of the police operations. (See video below of TV Globo's coverage.)
Peasants allegedly armed with assault rifles shot at a photographer for La Prensa newspaper while he was reporting on the military’s efforts to disarm farmers in the Atlantic coast region of Bajo Aguán, Proceso Digital reports.
The massive police mobilization against drug traffickers in the “favela” shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro has led journalists and the city’s residents to find creative ways to follow, debate, and share information about the ongoing violence.
The Argentine government has initiated new legal action against the newspapers Clarín and La Nación in order to remove the two companies' eight representatives from the board of Papel Prensa, the largest producer of newsprint in the country, Perfil.com reports. The government also wants “judicial intervention” against the papers in response to “numerous and serious irregularities” at the company.
Folha.com, the online site of Brazil's largest circulating newspaper, has begun to host the blog The Wall ("Mural"), the start of a news agency for communities in Greater São Paulo. The project was created by journalist Bruno Garcez as part of a Knight International Journalism Fellowship offered through the International Center for Journalists. Mural will be produced by a network of more than 50 community correspondents, who participated in training workshops about citizen journalism.
In his first news conference held exclusively for bloggers, outgoing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva strongly criticized traditional media, saying he had quit reading the opposition press, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reports. Among his plans after leaving office Jan. 1, Lula says he’ll blog and tweet, Spain’s El País says.
Luis Horacio Nájera, who won asylum in Canada two years ago, was honored last week in Toronto by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, for his reporting in the violent border city Ciudad Juárez. His Mexican colleague Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and three journalists from Cameroon were also awarded prizes, The Toronto Star reports.