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IPI calls for Aruba, Curaçao and Saint Martin to reform criminal defamation laws

The International Press Institute has urged the Caribbean countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Saint Martin to examine and change their criminal defamation laws.

Former Nieman Fellows voice support for Bolivian journalist who quit his paper under government pressures

Bolivian journalist Raúl Peñaranda had to quit his newspaper to save it.

Biggest protection for journalists is to report quickly and accurately, says reporter with El Salvador’s El Faro

Carlos Martínez is a reporter with Salvadoran news site El Faro who specializes in covering violence in Central America. He's part of the publication's Sala Negra team, which was created in 2011 with the goal of creating a model for permanent coverage of prisons, gangs, organized crime and violence in the region.

Brazilian laws obstruct the publication of public figures’ biographies, writers say

The limits that Brazilian law places on the publication of historical biographies threatens freedom of expression and the preservation of memory, writers Mário Magalhães and Audálio Dantas said at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference while discussing the challenges of writing an unauthorized biography.

Bodyguard of independent cable channel director killed in Guatemala

Viltor García, a bodyguard for cable channel director Karen Rottman, had just finished his shift on Oct. 19 when he was shot and killed by attackers in a vehicle with tinted glass windows in Guatemala City, informed Reporters without Borders (RSF). Rottman is the director of Vea Canal, an independent cable channel critical of the nation's administration.

Journalists lead public information requests in first 18 months of Brazil’s new transparency law, official says

Of the 124,394 applications received during the first 18 months since Brazil’s new Law of Access to Information (LAI) went into effect, 5.15 percent came from journalists, according to Brazil’s Inspector General Jorge Hage.

Communist Party appoints new editors to Cuba’s two main newspapers as part of "renewal" process

The Cuban government appointed new editors for its two main newspapers, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, describing the move as part of a “renewal” process to improve the country’s official press, BBC News reported.

Rural community radios in Paraguay accuse larger media outlets of pressuring them to shut down

Rural media organizations in Paraguay recently denounced alleged pressures by larger media outlets to shut down community radios.

In Mexico, violence against journalists growing and reports on violence disappearing

The reported cases of aggression against journalists in Mexico reached a total of 225 between January and September of this year. Of these, two of the journalists died and 33 left the country under threats. In addition to the violence of organized crime, a serious problem of institutional censorship also affects Mexico.

Brazilian Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa criticizes lack of preparation of journalists covering Supreme Court

Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF in Portuguese), criticized the journalistic coverage of judicial topics in Brazil. In his opinion, the press has been monothematic and addresses topics on the agenda with little preparation.