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Two journalists in Panama sentenced for defamation, banned from working for a year

A federal appeals court has overturned the acquittal of Sabrina Bacal and Justino González in separate suits for libel and injury. They were both sentenced to 12 months in prison and banned from practicing journalism for a year Hora Cero reports.

World’s newspapers demand that Argentine government stop attacking press

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN–IFRA) has urged President Cristina Fernández to respect international standards of freedom of expression and to cease “the attacks by her government against independent media,” La Gaceta de Tucumán reports. See the association's statement in English.

Nicaraguan journalist and five Red Cross workers die in floodwaters

Ana L. Urbina, a correspondent for channels 8 and 11, and five members of the Red Cross died when the ambulance and truck they were traveling in was swept away by the rain-swollen Tecolostote River in central Nicaragua, Boaco Department, El Nuevo Diario reports. (See EFE's report in English.)

Bolivian journalists in 11 cities protest anti-racism bill

The proposed Law Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination, introduced by President Evo Morales, was the target of journalist protests in 11 Bolivian cities on Friday, Oct. 1, the newspapers Los Tiempos and La Prensa report. In Potosí, journalists and news media went on strike for 24 hours, leaving the city without information, La Patria says.

Colombian journalist Hollman Morris wins Nuremberg Human Rights Prize

The jury for the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award unanimously selected journalist Hollman Morris as winner of the prize that the German city has presented since 1995, EFE reports.

Two journalists arrested for defamation while covering Brazilian elections

Two reporters ended up arrested on Sunday, Oct. 3, after being accused of defamation by electoral authorities during the elections in the states of Río de Janeiro and Rondonia, according to the local press.

Gunmen fire on newspaper building in Mazatlán, Mexico

Attackers armed with assault rifles opened fire on the headquarters of El Debate in the city of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, at dawn Sunday, Oct. 3, La Jornada reports. No injuries occurred. The building’s façade was shot at least 17 times, Milenio adds.

Hundreds of foreign journalists cover Brazilian elections

Some 250 foreign correspondents have descended on Brazil to cover the presidential election Oct. 3, reported O Globo.

Social media serve as news media and information source during Ecuador's political crisis

During the chaotic episode that began with the police and military protesting and ended in what President Rafael Correa called a coup attempt, Ecuador's media was forced to simulcast the official version of events via a forced link with the state's official channels, reported El Mundo.

As Brazilian elections near, free expression debate continues to polarize

The intensification of campaigns as we near Brazil's election day - Sunday, Oct. 3 - has provoked journalists and activist groups to release competing manifestos on freedom of expression and the behavior of the media, Carta Capital magazine reports.