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Pan-Am Highway

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Pan-Am Highway

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A black hole: Hopes for a decision on the prosecutor's appeal in the Philip True murder case faded last month on the third anniversary of the discovery of the body of the San Antonio Express-News Mexico City correspondent in a shallow grave in the remote Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. "The case has fallen in the black hole of Mexican justice, which is deliberately tangled so you can never arrive at the truth," Homero Aridjis, a human-rights activist, told the Express-News. Two Huichol Indians who confessed to the murder were freed by a judge last summer in a decision that outraged free-press activists in the United States and Mexico. ... As of Christmas Eve, at least 11 Haitian journalists were reportedly hiding in foreign embassies or preparing to leave the nation after a wave of violence against reporters that included the Dec. 3 murder of Brignol Linder, the 31-year-old news director of Radio Eco 2000, who was hacked to death by a mob of machete-wielding supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. ... Paraguay's journalists work under dangerous conditions, including death threats, physical and verbal assaults, and other forms of intimidation, the Asuncion-based Union of Paraguayan Journalists said in its annual report on the state of free expression in the nation. …

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