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Wikipedia, hundreds of websites to go dark Wednesday in protest of anti-piracy bills in U.S. congress

In protest of two Congressional bills that critics contend amount to censorship of the Internet, Wikipedia announced that it will go dark on Wednesday Jan. 18, reported The New York Times.

Brazilian photojournalists beaten, robbed while reporting in "Crackland"

On Sunday, Jan. 15, drug users attacked photojournalists who were reporting in a central area of São Paulo, Brazil, known as "Crackland," reported the website Band News.

World Press Institute offering international fellowship for journalists to spend 9 weeks in the U.S.

The World Press Institute (WPI) is accepting applications for the 2012 WPI Fellowship. The fellowship brings 10 print, broadcast, and online journalists from around the world to the United States for a nine-week program.

Canada lifts ban on reporting early election results to reflect new Twitter reality

After Canadian Twitter users defied a decades-old ban by tweeting last year's election results before polls had closed throughout the country, the government announced Friday, Jan. 13 -- via Twitter, no less -- the repeal of the section of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits the broadcast or transmission of election results before all ballots have been cast, reported the Huffington Post Canada.

Police in Ciudad Juarez arrest, threaten, beat Mexican photojournalist

A Mexican photojournalist was beaten and arrested by police in the border city of Ciudad Juárez after the police were photographed arresting an indigent person, according to the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET in Spanish).

Journalist groups criticize Brazilian state's creation of a communications council

On Jan. 10, Bahia became the first Brazilian state to establish a Social Communication Council characterized as a "consultative and deliberative" body charged with creating a state communication plan, reported the newspaper A Tarde.

Ecuador approves electoral law censoring news media

Ecuador's National Assembly has approved President Rafael Correa's changes to the Democracy Code, which goes into effect Feb. 4 and prohibits news media from transmitting beneficial or harmful messages about candidates, reported El Diario.

U.S. government regularly monitoring news blogs, social media

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security regularly monitors dozens of websites, including Facebook, Twitter, WikiLeaks, YouTube, and even the New York Times Lede Blog, Global Voices Online, and the Blog del Narco, in order to "collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture," reported Reuters on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Judge calls for court martial for suspected WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning

A military judge has recommended that Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks, face a court martial, reported the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Plagiarism revealed at Connecticut newspaper company for second time in three months

Connecticut's Journal Register newspaper company has experienced its second round of plagiarism accusations in less then three months, reported Poynter. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, editor Matt DeRienzo revealed that a Jan. 5 front-page sports story in the Fairfield Minuteman plagiarized verbatim articles from two competing newspapers.

Brazilian reporter attacked by plainclothes cops during student protest

A Brazilian journalist was beaten and his memory card stolen by alleged plainclothes police while covering the repression of a student protest in the city of Teresina, capital of the state of Piauí in the evening of Jan. 10, reported the website O Dia.

First Mexican journalist killed in 2012 was case of mistaken identity

Investigations have concluded that the killing of Mexican reporter Raúl Régulo Garza Quirino in the border state of Nuevo León was a case of mistaken identity, according to Reporters Without Borders.