Freelance photojournalist shot dead in Brazil, the second in the same state in just over a month

A photojournalist was shot to death on Sunday evening, April 14, in the city of Coronel Fabriciano, Minas Gerais, reported Estado de Minas. Walgney Assis Carvalho, 43 years old, was a freelancer for the newspaper Vale do Aço, the same publication where slain reporter Rodrigo Neto worked. Both worked the police beat and were known for denouncing crimes involving law enforcement. This is the fourth case of a journalist killed in Brazil so far in 2013. 

Mexican journalist wins Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism

Mexican journalist Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism this year, the Pulitzer Prize board announced on Monday. 

Ecuadorian television journalist gunned down one day after surviving another attack

With three bullets gunmen ended the life of an Ecuadorian journalist in the coastal city of Guayaquil on Thursday evening, April 11, reported the EFE news agency. Fausto Guido Valdiviezo Moscoso, 52 years old, was in a vehicle when witnesses reported that a group of hooded men shot him, added the agency. 

POY Latam 2013 photography contest names first winners, enters final leg

After receiving more than 30,000 images from 1,300 photographers in the continent, the Picture of the Year Latin America 2013 photography contest entered its final leg this week as judges began naming winners in some of the categories.

Most state governments in Mexico hide how they allocate official advertising funds, report says

A new report found that a majority of the 32 state governments in Mexico hides information regarding their official advertising expenses in media outlets and that none of them has specific rules on how they allocate their publicity budgets. "This discretionary distribution of advertising funds weakens informative pluralism and increases suspicions of political favoritism," said the organization Fundar, which put together the second edition of the report Access to Official Advertising Funds Index along with the Mexican ch

Cuban journalist freed after six months in prison

Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias was freed this Tuesday, reported the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.  According to statements to Martí Noticias by Martínez, agents from the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) left him near the premises of Hablemos Press, the independent news agency he works for as a correspondent.

Mexican national media have reduced coverage of crime and violence, says report

A report from the Media Agreement Observatory has revealed that Mexican media has notably reduced its coverage of organized crime since the inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto as president in December.

Proceso, RSF skeptical as confessed killer of Mexican journalist sentenced to 38 years in prison

A Mexican court sentenced the confessed killer of journalist Regina Martínez Pérez to 38 years and two months in prison, reported the newspaper El Universal. The court also ordered Jorge Antonio Hernández "El Silva" to pay $8,000 in reparations for the murder and aggrevated robbery, the newspaper added. 

Second journalist shot dead in less than a month in Guatemala

Guatemalan journalist Luis Alberto Lemus Ruano was shot dead on Sunday, April 7, in the department of Jutiapa, near the Salvadoran border, reported the Guatemalan Information Centre.

Community radio stations in Oaxaca denounce repression for reporting on local wind power project

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has accused transnational buissneses and the local government of attacking and harrassing community radio stations in Oaxaca, Mexico that are opposed to the building of a wind power station in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Citizen journalist threatened for reporting on violence in Mexico announces closing of Facebook, Twitter accounts

A Mexican Facebook and Twitter user, who reported on violence and attacks in the north of Mexico, announced on Sunday the definitive closing of the account Valor por Tamaulipas in the coming nine days, reported Proceso.

CPJ highlights cyber-attack against Knight Center

The Committee to Protect Journalists highlighted last week the cyber-attack against the websites of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the International Symposium for Online Journalism, which knocked down the sites for two weeks.