Ex-Cuban president, Fidel Castro, who reappeared before international press in a special Parliamentary session on Saturday, Aug. 7, gave his first interview in four years to a group of Venezuelan journalists, to whom he spoke about the possibility of nuclear war, U.S. President Barack Obama, and the Afghanistan War, reported the newspaper La Jornada and the Cuban News Agency.
In statements to prosecutors, an ex intelligence agency offical said that President Álvaro Uribe and several of his confidants knew about the Administrative Department of Security's (DAS) wiretaps and spying on journalists, judges, opposition leaders, and human rights activists. The incriminating testimony by the former director of DAS is the first that has directly connected the president to the spy scandal, El Nuevo Herald and La Silla Vacia report.
“The Impact of Digital Technology on Journalism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean,” by Guillermo Franco, published by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Open Society Foundations Media Program, is now available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded in PDF format for free on the Knight Center’s website.
Venezuela's Supreme Court emphasized one more time that freedom of expression is not an absolute right, and established various limitations to access to governmental information, reported El Tiempo.
A group comprised of universities, media, and civil and press organizations that is promoting the Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information urged the Salvadoran legislature to approve in the short term "an effective law in accordance with international principles and best practices," reported El Mundo and El País.
The attorney general's office has asked the National Archive to uncomplicate the public’s access to documents from the military dictatorship (1964-85) and to abandon a series of bureaucratic demands, Folha de S. Paulo reports. (Read the Defender’s recommendation, in Portuguese, in PDF.)
The Interior Minister has blamed Clarín media group owner, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, and her two children for difficulties in determining whether the siblings Marcela and Felipe Noble were adopted from parents who disappeared during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), Europa Press reports. The minister accused them of obstructing justice.
The frustration of Brazilian journalists with World Cup coverage has drawn the attention of the international press. In an interesting report this week, the New York Times contrasts the proximity and informality of the relationship between reporters and athletes during soccer games in Brazil, with the distance FIFA and coach Dunga have imposed.
For three days in a row, Puerto Rico's Senate President, Thomas Rivera Schatz, prohibited the press from entering the Senate floor, reported El Nuevo Día. This was an unprecedented event in the Senate's history.
Christopher Coke, an alleged drug kingpin central to recent violence and unrest in Kingston, was arrested and extradited to the U.S. last week, but Jamaican media outlets were blocked from covering the arrest and were forced to rely on images taken by foreign photographers, the Jamaica Observer reports.