Reporter Without Borders launched on Tuesday a new website that will publish material that has been “censored or banned or has given rise to reprisals against its creator,” the organization said.
Costa Rica’s highest court temporarily suspended the controversial Information Crimes Law that could send journalists and other individuals to prison for up to eight years for revealing government secrets, reported the newspaper La Nación on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Owner and editor in chief of the Brazilian news website Última Hora News, Eduardo Carvalho, was shot to death on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the city of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, reported the website G1.
During October, in the midst of municipal elections in Brazil, news websites in the country registered a five percent increase in page views compared on September.
Several Latin American journalists are featured as part of the International Freedom of Expression Network’s (IFEX) International Day to End Impunity, a month-long campaign.
Brazil’s veteran investigative reporter Mauri König was one of four journalists from around the globe to receive on Wednesday the Committee to Protect Journalists’ prestigious International Press Freedom Award for this year.
The National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ in Portuguese) will launch a commission in January 2013 to investigate the persecution of the press during the military dictatorship in Brazil, reported the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
Close to 89 percent of Uruguayan journalists agreed to establish a code of ethics for their profession, according to a survey from the Uruguayan Press Association, the Center for Archives and Access to Information, and the Media and Society Group, reported the agency Pulsar.
The Brazilian government now has a commission to oversee court cases involving freedom of the press, the National Forum of Judicial Authority and Freedom, created on Tuesday, Nov. 13, by the National Judicial Council.
The State University of New York at Oswego drew criticism this week after it suspended – and later readmitted – a journalism undergrad student for misidentifying himself when contacting sources for a school assignment, Poynter reported.