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Bolivia accuses media owners of violating journalists’ free expression rights

The Bolivian government accused the Inter American Press Assocation (IAPA) – a group of media companies in the region – of “censoring and violating the freedom of expression of journalists and workers throughout its history,” Los Tiempos reports.

Venezuelan police detain journalist for taking photos of subway station

Carlos Fuentes, an independent journalist and social communications student, was briefly detained by the police for photographing a group of people on the stairs at a Caracas Metro station, which he planned to post on Twitter, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) and Noticias 24 report.

Journalists in Mexico and Spain sign agreement to shelter threatened media workers

Mexico’s Foundation for Freedom of Expression (Fundalex) and the Cádiz Press Association (APC) signed an agreement that will allow threatened Mexican journalists to seek refuge in Spain, EFE reports.

Two photojournalists flee Mexico after death threats

The border state newspaper El Diario de Chihuahua announced that two of its photographers had to leave the country after being threatened for publishing a photo of a man who died in a car accident in Ciudad Juárez, El Universal and La Jornada report.

Paraguay’s president vetoes bill that would restrict community radio activities

President Fernando Lugo vetoed proposed changes to the Telecommunications Law that would have restricted the signal strength of community radio and prevented stations from selling advertising, Última Hora and Terra report. The veto was announced Nov. 12.

Critics say Trinidad TV host was fired over religion

The removal of journalist Fazeer Mohammed from his position as a TV host for the State-owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) has led to charges from activists and journalism groups that he was fired for his Muslim faith, the Trinidad Express reports.

Two photojournalists flee Mexico after death threats

The border state newspaper El Diario de Chihuahua announced that two of its photographers had to leave the country after being threatened for publishing a photo of a man who died in a car accident in Ciudad Juárez, El Universal and La Jornada report.

Journalists in Mexico and Spain sign agreement to shelter threatened media workers

Mexico’s Foundation for Freedom of Expression (Fundalex) and the Cádiz Press Association (APC) signed an agreement that will allow threatened Mexican journalists to seek refuge in Spain, EFE reports.

Paraguay’s president vetoes bill that would restrict community radio activities

President Fernando Lugo vetoed proposed changes to the Telecommunications Law that would have restricted the signal strength of community radio and prevented stations from selling advertising, Última Hora and Terra report. The veto was announced Nov. 12.

Brazilian judge dismisses case against U.S. journalist for stories on air crash

In what is being called a victory for free speech, a Brazilian judge has dismissed defamation and libel charges against U.S. journalist Joe Sharkey, who survived a collision over the Amazon in September 2006 that killed 154 people. Sharkey blamed failures in Brazil's air control system for the collision between the private jet in which he was flying and a commercial airliner. He reported the decision on his blog.