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Alerts   |   Honduras

Honduran reporter convicted of criminal defamation

In this 2014 file photo, a policeman walks next to graffiti from the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism in connection with reports alleging police took bribes from gangs involved in smuggling. (AP/Esteban Felix)

Bogotá, Colombia, August 25, 2016 - Honduran prosecutors should cease pursuing criminal defamation charges against journalists, and lawmakers should swiftly repeal laws allowing for such prosecutions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism.

August 25, 2016 2:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican reporter wounded in Veracruz shooting

A photographer sets his camera beside a plaque commemorating photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women murdered with him in Mexico City in 2015 on the anniversary of their deaths, July 31, 2016. Espinosa worked with the investigative magazine Proceso and other media in the state of Veracruz at the time of his murder. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico City, August 22, 2016 - Authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz should credibly investigate a shooting attack against freelance journalist Lucia López Castillo and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. López Castillo was shot last night in front of her home in Poza Rica, north of Veracruz's state capital, Xalapa.

Case   |   Brazil

Projectile hits bus carrying journalists in Rio de Janeiro

A bus transporting journalists and volunteers between Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro was hit by a projectile on August 9, 2016. Two of the bus windows were smashed, and at least two people on board were injured by flying glass, organizers said in a statement.

August 11, 2016 12:28 PM ET

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Ecuador

Ecuador reprimands journalist, TV station for investigative reports

Janet Hinostroza, poses for a photo at her offices on December 7, 2015 (AP/Dolores Ochoa)

New York, August 9, 2016 - The Ecuadoran communications regulator should rescind all measures against the broadcaster Teleamazonas and journalist Janet Hinostroza, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Regulators yesterday sanctioned the station and the journalist for "media lynching" in relation to investigative reports into the government's purchase of medical supplies.

August 9, 2016 5:28 PM ET

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Alerts   |   St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines draft law would allow prison for defamation online

Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, pictured on a 2009 visit to Trinidad, has defended criminal defamation laws as preserving "peace and tranquility." (AP/Andres Leighton)

New York, August 8, 2016--Lawmakers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines should amend or scrap a draft cybercrime law that would allow for prison sentences of up to two years for defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Legislators are expected to consider the draft on Thursday, an opposition politician told CPJ.

August 8, 2016 4:17 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bolivia

Bolivian president's criminal defamation suit threatens press freedom

Bolivian President Evo Morales attends a conference at the Vatican, April 15, 2016. (AP/Andrew Medichini)

New York, August 4, 2016 - Bolivian President Evo Morales should immediately drop a criminal defamation suit against a journalist that could have a chilling effect on press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Bolivian criminal court justice René Delgado announced yesterday that he would hear a case Morales filed against journalist Humberto Vacaflor.

August 4, 2016 5:51 PM ET

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Blog   |   Brazil

IOC offers some protection but press at Rio Games should be wary of security risks

Security patrol the venues for the Rio Olympics. Journalists covering the Games can report press freedom complaints to the International Olympic Committee. (AFP/David Gannon)

When the Rio Olympics open on Friday, the thousands of journalists covering it will have the added security of knowing a formal mechanism has been put in place to let them report any press freedom violations that take place during the Games. The creation of the reporting mechanism follows years of advocacy with the International Olympic Committee by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold host governments accountable for press-freedom abuses.

Alerts   |   Brazil

Muckraking Brazilian journalist killed outside his home

São Paulo, July 26, 2016--Brazilian authorities should conduct a thorough and timely investigation into the murder of Brazilian journalist João Miranda do Carmo, establish the motive for his killing, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

July 26, 2016 8:16 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Veracruz journalist under police protection shot dead

Police tape cordons off the road outside the home of Pedro Tamayo Rosas, a Mexican journalist who was shot dead on July 20. (Roberto Mendez/AFP)

Mexico City, July 22, 2016--Mexican federal authorities must conduct a credible and thorough investigation into the July 20 killing of Pedro Tamayo Rosas, a Veracruz journalist who was shot while under the protection of state authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Security, USA

Pentagon's revised Law of War Manual recognizes role of independent journalists

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Pentagon no longer considers journalists operating independently of U.S. military forces as potential spies, terrorists, or saboteurs, according to U.S. military officials who have rewritten the military's Law of War Manual.

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