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16 October 2012 | Reuters
16 October 2012 | Knight Centerstatement on its website calling attention to the Argentine government's attacks against the press in what it described as a "press freedom crisis." GEN warned that the government's intentions to break up Grupo Clarín and seize its assets on Dec. 7 is a threat to press freedom in Latin America. Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner confirmed her intention to revoke media giant Grupo Clarín's licenses and take control of its assets, reported the newspaper La Nación. The Kirchner administration gave Grupo Clarín until Dec. 7 to sell its many television stations or be stripped of its broadcast license, the government announced via public television on Sept. 22. GEN alleged that government's 450 legal and administrative actions, blockages and intimidation constitute a strategy of harassment against Grupo Clarín. GEN wrote that the lack of independent media in Argentina was especially evident when Clarín was the only major media outlet to cover national protests against the government on Sept. 13. GEN, based in Paris, is made up of journalists from 60 countries and is led by Ricardo Kirschbaum, general editor of the newspaper Clarín, reported the newspaper La Gaceta.
16 October 2012 | Wall Street Journal
16 October 2012 | Knight CenterEl Faro news website, received the Anna Politkovskaya Award on Oct. 5 for the website’s investigative journalism and reporting. The prize honors Russian reporter and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed in 2006 in Moscow. The prize is given by the Italian weekly publication Internazionale and goes to journalists working in hazardous situations or regions. El Faro, which means “The Lighthouse” in Spanish, was founded in 1998 by Dada and Jorge Simán, both sons of political refugees. The website, Central America’s first online-only publication, covers El Salvador’s ongoing problems with gang violence and government transparency. The website also investigates the government’s efforts to negotiate with the gangs, which has prompted threats against its reporters. Dada also gained attention for his article on the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero in San Salvador by government forces. El Faro has received other major prizes for its investigative work in El Salvador. The Washington Office of Latin America named the website one of its recipients of the 2012 Human Rights Awards. Dada also received the Columbia School of Journalism’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting in Latin American and the Caribbean in 2011.
16 October 2012 | The Guardian
16 October 2012 | AFPwww.tijuanainformativo.info, “was found in a vacant lot, shot in the head,” Tijuana police spokesman Julian Dominguez told reporters. He was attending a party with his family when gunmen took him away by force after midnight, Dominguez said. His body was discovered at around 5:50 am.