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"We want to know": Website aims to make Brazil's new sunshine law user friendly (Interview)

Brazil recently passed its own sunshine law, codifying the right to make freedom of information requests from the government. While the legal battle over the law’s passage is over, many Brazilians are unsure about how to go about making freedom of information requests. The website Queremos Saber (“We Want to Know”) is trying to change that. This pioneering project seeks to facilitate information requests in Brazil and make communication between citizens and public servants more transparent.

Journalists' killers getting away with murder, prompting recognition of International Day to End Impunity

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the first time, the world will recognize the International Day to End Impunity, held to coincide with the anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre of 32 journalists in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines. The inaugural day is being organized by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) as a "call to action to demand justice for those who have been killed for exercising their right to freedom of expression and shed light on the issue of impunity," according to IFEX.

Equipment stolen from offices of freedom of expression NGO in Venezuela

On Nov. 17, electronic equipment and office supplies were stolen from the Venezuelan freedom of expression NGO, Public Space, in the capital city of Caracas, reported the Press and Society Institute.

Book on Felipe Calderón's presidency motivated death threats, says Argentine journalist

An Argentine journalist and her assistant both claimed to have received death threats since the beginning of November. The journalists believe the threats are motivated by the up-coming publication of a book investigating Mexican President Felipe Calderón's six-year term, reported Artículo 19.

Newspaper vendors become latest targets of press violence after shooting in Mexico

The newspaper El Mundo de Córdoba claimed that gunmen fired on their vendors from a truck on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the city of Córdoba, in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Forum will remember 80 journalists killed in Mexico over the past decade

Family members of killed and disappeared journalists and freedom of expression advocates will meet in Mexico City on Dec. 10 to participate in the Journalists Memorial Forum, organized by Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET in Spanish) .

Journalist and her ex-boyfriend shot to death in Brazil

A journalist and her ex-boyfriend were shot to death at a gas station in the Brazilian coastal city of Vila Velha, in Espírito Santo, the morning of Saturday, Nov. 19, according to Folha Vitória.

Bolivian radio journalist stabbed, threatened after criticizing merchants association

A radio announcer was stabbed and beaten in the Bolivian city of El Alto, close to the capital city of La Paz, on Nov. 15, according to the newspaper Crónica Viva.

Journalist Fernando Rodrigues says Brazil's new information access law is a leap toward a culture of transparency (Interview)

With President Dilma Rousseff's signature on Friday, Nov. 18, Brazil became the 89th country in the world to approve a freedom of information law, reported the Forum of Public Information Access. The law, which guarantees public access to government data and documents as well as private entities that receive public funding, will take effect in six months.

Union workers attack TV host, guests leaving station in Argentina

Union workers threw rocks at a television station and attacked reporters in Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia on the evening of Nov. 16, according to Clarín.

Human Rights Watch calls on Ecuador to repeal criminal insult laws

Human Rights Watch asked the Ecuadorian government to repeal all insult and defamation laws against public officials, the New York-based human rights organization announced.

Distribution of daily suspended after two newspaper employees go missing in central Mexico

Distribution of the newspaper El Financiero has been temporarily suspended after two employees for the Mexican newspaper were reported missing on Nov. 15, in the state of Zacatecas, according to El Espectador.