"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.

Falta de Justiça para assassinatos de jornalistas motiva criação do Dia Internacional Contra a Impunidade

Na quarta-feira 23 de novembro, o mundo celebrará pela primeira vez o Dia Internacional Contra a Impunidade, criado para coincidir com o aniversário do massacre de 32 jornalistas em Maguindanao, nas Filipinas, em 23 de novembro de 2009. A iniciativa da Intercâmbio Internacional pela Liberdade de Expressão (IFEX, na sigla em inglês) tem o objetivo de pedir Justiça para todos aqueles assassinados no exercício de seu direito à livre expressão e dar visibilidade ao problema da impunidade, explicou a própria IFE

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.

Fórum sobre liberdade de expressão discute assassinatos de jornalistas no México

Familiares de jornalistas assassinados ou desaparecidos e defensores da liberdade de expressão participarão, no dia 10 de dezembro, na Cidade do México, do Fórum Memória de Jornalistas, organizado pelas organizações Repórteres Sem Fronteiras e Centro de Jornalismo e Ética Pública (CEPET, na sigla em espanhol).

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) .

Locutor de rádio boliviano é esfaqueado e agredido por supostos comerciantes

Um locutor de rádio foi esfaqueado e agredido na cidade de El Alto, próxima à La Paz, capital da Bolívia, em 15 de novembro, segundo informações do jornal Crónica Viva.

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.