South America - Alerts - 2012

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2 August 2012 |

IAPA condemns raid on Vanguardia magazine and threats against Fundamedios

Fundamedios, a not-for-profit organization devoted to monitoring press freedom, has been accused by the government of carrying out destabilizing activities.
2 August 2012 |

Correa withdraws government advertising for private media

The order issued by President Correa makes clear the existence of a system of awards and punishments for the media related to the placement of official advertising.
1 August 2012 |

Doctor dismissed after criticising hospital in "El Universal" interview

Dr. Oswaldo Godoy had told the paper that the hospital has limited operational capacity because of renovation projects that have been taking place for several years.
30 July 2012 |

Blogger told to "remain silent" in online death threat

The threat read: "To remain silent is many times better, especially when you have children who can suddenly suffer an apparent 'death'. For a father the family is the most cherished thing, isn't it?"
24 July 2012 |

Journalist gets intimidating calls after covering mining conflict

Jacqueline Fowks received two threatening calls of a sexual nature which she believes are related to her comments on the mining conflict in Cajamarca.
20 July 2012 |

Reporter targeted on former police chief's Facebook page

André Caramante has been receiving threats from former São Paulo military police commander Adriano Lopes Lucinda Telhada and his supporters ever since Caramante wrote a column criticising the hate-mongering and obsession with security on Telhada’s Facebook page.
18 July 2012 |

Presidential attacks on journalists follow another radio station closure

Radio Morena’s representatives say it was the victim of politically motivated “persecution”. The National Telecommunications Secretariat (SENATEL) insists the station was closed down simply because it failed to pay for its frequency concession in time.
17 July 2012 |

Bogotá TV journalist reporting on paramilitaries receives "warning"

The report that journalist Paul Bacares is currently preparing highlights the ability of the armed groups to infiltrate the legal economy and their links to local politicians and other public figures.
16 July 2012 |

Constitutional tribunal imposes preemptive elections censorship

The tribunal lifted precautionary measures that had suspended the application of amendments to the Electoral Law, leading to restrictions to journalists' work during electoral periods.
16 July 2012 |

Regional newspaper target of explosion in Carabobo

The attack happened when, according to witnesses, three men riding motorbikes threw an explosive device at a truck used by one of the paper's news crews as it was parked in front of the paper's main office.
13 July 2012 |

Televen news crew attacked in Zulia

Inmates at Sabaneta jail threw stones at a Televen TV station news crew made up of journalist Jensser Morales and cameraman Walny Gonzalez.
9 July 2012 |

Sports journalist shot to death

According to witnesses, Valério Luiz de Oliveira had received threats about his opinions on the Goiás football club and the team's fans.
5 July 2012 |

Five journalists assaulted on first day of state of emergency

Five journalists assaulted on first day of state of emergency The journalists were assaulted by police while covering events in Cajamarca a day after a violent episode there left three people dead during anti-mining protests.
3 July 2012 |

Globovisión faces possibility of closure as government tightens grip on dissent

The Supreme Court of Justice has upheld a US$2.2 million-dollar fine against the Globovisión TV station and ordered the freezing of US$5.7 million dollars of the station's assets.
3 July 2012 |

Journalist says government pressure behind cancellation of his programme

Jaime Cedillo says his news programme broadcast by NEXO 97.7 FM was cancelled after the radio station's managers were warned that their frequency might not be renewed.
3 July 2012 |

Journalist murdered by unidentified individuals

Byron Baldeón was investigating the robbery of a shipping container full of television sets, for which three active-duty police officers and two civilians were captured and charged.
28 June 2012 |

Government communications department photographer threatened

Yadira Romo filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor's Office saying she received a death threat after photographing a dispute between two journalists.
28 June 2012 |

Concern about public media after President Lugo's controversial ouster

An attempt to censor TV Pública immediately after the Senate vote removing Lugo and the suspension of certain opinion programmes have sparked RSF's concern about freedom of information.
27 June 2012 |

As protests continue, ANP condemns attacks on free expression and calls for calm

A number of journalists and camera operators were assaulted while trying to cover protests by police officers demanding higher pay.
22 June 2012 |

Journalist receives death threats at university event

Leonardo León told IPYS-Venezuela that he believes the threats and insults came in the aftermath of his radio program where he denounced the illegal situation of university workers, as well as the coverage of University Councils.

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