Americas / 2011

CPJ condemns closure of provincial radio station in Ecuador

April 5, 2011 4:17 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of a provincial Ecuadoran radio station and calls on local regulators to allow the station to resume broadcasting. Voz de la Selva Esmeralda Oriental Canela radio, known for its critical coverage of local authorities, had appealed an order...

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Ecuadoran president sues critical news daily for defamation

March 31, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2011--The critical Ecuadoran daily El Universo, three of its executives, and its opinion editor could face jail time and hefty fines in a defamation complaint filed by President Rafael Correa last week. Correa should immediately drop the defamation suit and bring the country's press law into...

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Argentina should halt obstruction of top dailies

March 29, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--The Argentine government should ensure that the nation's two largest dailies can be distributed without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ's appeal comes two days after union demonstrators blocked trucking exits at the printing facilities of Clarín and La Nación, preventing Clarín from...

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Mexico's drug war claims young photographer

March 29, 2011 3:17 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the shooting death of Mexican photographer Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo on Friday and calls on Mexican authorities to launch a thorough investigation into his killing.  ...

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Honduran community radio director shot; staff threatened

March 25, 2011 12:01 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2011--Honduran authorities must thoroughly investigate a recent shooting attack against a community radio director and provide protection to the station's staff after repeated death threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.       ...

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Critical Brazilian blogger shot in Rio

March 24, 2011 11:20 AM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Brazilian authorities today to conduct a thorough investigation into Wednesday's shooting of blogger Ricardo Gama and to bring the perpetrators to justice....

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In El Salvador, 11 sentenced in filmmaker's 2009 slaying

March 10, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's sentencing of 11 defendants in the brutal 2009 slaying of Christian Poveda, left, a French photojournalist and filmmaker who had spent decades documenting gang violence in El Salvador. Twenty other suspects, accused of being accomplices, were acquitted. ...

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Peruvian news daily attacked; editor threatened

March 9, 2011 4:24 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on the Peruvian news daily Voces, which was hit with homemade explosive devices on Saturday. The daily's editor recently received threats following critical reporting on a national congressional candidate, he told CPJ....

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Last Black Spring reporter freed; one still jailed in Cuba

March 7, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban independent journalist Pedro Argüelles Morán on Friday, and calls on Cuban authorities to eliminate all conditions on his freedom. Argüelles Morán, at left, was the last of 29 reporters arrested during a 2003 massive government...

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Supreme Court tells Argentina to avoid bias in allocating ads

March 4, 2011 1:33 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists hails a ruling by Argentina's Supreme Court that calls for the omission of discriminatory criteria and "reasonable balance" in the allocation of state advertising. The ruling stems from a 2006 injunction filed by Editorial Perfil, the country's largest magazine publisher, claiming...

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