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Three Latin Americans named among the new Knight Fellows for International Journalism

The International Center for Journalists named three Latin American journalists and a Portuguese designer who instructed a course for the Knight Center as the next Knight International Journalism Fellows last week.   

Authorities offer $15,000 reward for information leading to the capture of journalist's killers in Mexico

The Attorney General of the state of Chihuahua offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen who shot and killed Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe González, director of the website Ojinaga Noticias

Former Haitian president testifies in attempt to re-open investigation into journalist's death

Former Haitian President René Préval testified privately on Thursday, March 7, as part of an effort to re-open a criminal investigation into the killing of muckraking journalist Jean Dominique, reported the Associated Press.

Polarization defined Hugo Chávez's relationship with the media in Venezuela

Loved by some, hated by others. Few struck a middle ground when it came to Hugo Chávez and the same went for his relationship with the media in Venezuela, a country he led for 14 years.

Journalists call Caribbean countries to oppose reforms that could weaken OAS' Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

The Association of Caribbean Media Workers asked Caricom -- an organization that promotes cooperation among Caribbean nations -- to discourage its 15 members from participating in a meeting of the Organization of American States

Two news teams attacked in Venezuela while covering the death of Hugo Chávez

Two news teams said they were attacked while covering the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Newspaper and TV station attacked in Ciudad Juárez

Unknown men opened fire on the premises of a newspaper and a TV station in the early morning hours of March 6, according to the newspaper Milenio.

IFEX presents report to UN hoping to root out impunity in freedom of expression cases in Latin America

Impunity continues to be one of the most serious problems facing freedom of expression in Latin America and the Caribbean, according the International Freedom of Expression Exchange in Latin American and Caribbean's (IFEX-ALC) Annual Report on Impunity 2012. 

Legislators in Dominican Republic propose to remove prison terms for defamation in new Penal Code

The President of the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic, Demostenes Martínez, announced yesterday that prison sentences for defamation and slander have been removed from the Penal Code reform, currently being reviewed in the legislature, said news website dr1.

Proposal to federalize investigations of crimes against journalists gains ground in Brazil

On Monday, March 4, the Social Communication Council of the National Congress of Brazil approved a request to speed up voting on a proposal to federalize the investigation of crimes against journalists, said newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

Organizations and journalists closely follow proposed reforms to the OAS's Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Non-profit organizations and leaders from 15 media organizations in Latin America participated in a meeting to express their concern about a series of proposals that would weaken the Inter-American Human Rights System

First months of 2013 have been "disastrous" for the press in Peru, says IPYS

The Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish) said that the first months of 2013 have been "disastrous" for freedom of information in Peru, according to a report published by the organization on its website.