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Topic “censorship”

Ecuadorian government once again criticized for attempting to regulate journalism

The government of Ecuador has received various criticisms in the last few days due to what Reporters Without Borders has called an excess of presidential attacks on opposition journalists for closing several media outlets, and for the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to lift the temporary suspension of the application of the so-called Code of Democracy, which means that the restrictions on press coverage of election campaigns are now in effect, the news agency EFE reported. Read more »


Press organizations condemn censorship as Brazilian judge forces digital newspaper to remove content

In an injunction, a Brazilian judge from the city of Vitória, in the state of Espírito Santo, forced the digital newspaper Século Diário to take down five published stories -- three news reports and two editorials -- that mentioned a local prosecutor, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Several press organizations condemned the censorship, including the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ in Portuguese), reported the Brazilian Press Association. Read more »


Argentine Journalism Forum proposes limiting amount of moral damages that could be claimed against journalists

On Tuesday, July 3, the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish) released a proposal to limit the financial amount of moral damages that could be claimed against journalists. The proposal, which will be sent to the Argentine Congress, calls for the limit to be tied to the minimum wage, reported the news site LaNoticia1.com. Read more »


Attempts to censor public television in Paraguay prompt concern, protests against new government

On Wednesday, June 27, Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern over for freedom of information in Paraguay after the controversial impeachment and removal -- what some are calling a coup -- of President Fernando Lugo on June 22. Since then, the new government has attempted to censor the public television station TV Pública de Paraguay. The channel was launched as the country's first public TV station in May 2011. Read more »


Attacks on Venezuelan press to increase as presidential elections approach, warns newspaper group

With the Venezuelan presidential elections just three months away, attacks against the press and journalists will most likely increase, warned the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). WAN-IFRA visited Venezuela from June 4-6 and found that independent media were polarized and weakened. Read more »


U.S., Brazil top list of governments requesting online content be censored, according to Google's transparency report

In its biannual Global Transparency Report, Google reported that in the past six months, the Internet giant has received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to take down information, whether YouTube videos or search listings, according to CNET. This "alarming" level of steadily increasing government censorship included 187 requests from the U.S. government to remove 6,192 pieces of content, 42 percent of which Google complied with, Google said. That's a 103 percent increase over the previous six-month period, reported Politico. Read more »



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