OBAMA PRESENTS AMBITIOUS PLAN TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE – One month after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama presented an extensive plan to avoid similar tragedies, through executive and legislative actions. His proposals, which include the prohibition of assault weapons and massive magazine ammunitions, face the opposition of the powerful National Rifle Association and Republican leaders, despite growing support for new regulations. José López Zamorano reports from the nation’s capital.
STUDENTS AND PARENTS OPPOSE MORE POLICE IN LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS – Beyond the debate in Washington, some cities and school districts are already implementing measures to put armed guards or police in elementary, junior high, and high schools. 600 armed police will now patrol schools in the city of Los Angeles. Parents, students, and activists have protested the measure, concerned that instead of guaranteeing student safety, it could lead to criminalization of Latino and African-American students. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, went to a meeting about the measure at Roosevelt High School and has this story.
MEXICAN REPORTER WINS PRIZE FOR WORK IN FAVOR OF JOURNALISTS – Mexico has been named the most dangerous country to carry out journalism. More than 50 journalists are estimated to have been killed in the country in the last six years. Facing a lack of support from many editors, it has become indispensable for reporters to have advice and support from colleagues, such as that provided by the network Periodistas de a Pie (Journalists on the Ground). One of the founders of this network, reporter Marcela Turati, will soon receive the Louis Lyons Award from the Nieman Foundation fellows at Harvard University, for her work in favor of those who risk their lives to document the violence in Mexico. Raúl Silva reports.