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International Press Institute continues mission to decriminalize libel in four Caribbean countries

On Thursday, April 19, the International Press Institute (IPI) announced plans to continue its campaign to decriminalize defamation in the Caribbean countries of Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, with missions to each country scheduled this summer.

Crimes against journalists and arbitrary, intolerant governments hamper Latin American press, says IAPA

On Monday April 23, as its mid-year meeting came to a close, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) concluded that the main difficulties confronting the press in the Americas are “crimes against journalists, and arbitrary and intolerant governments.”

U.S. government expresses concern about press situation in Argentina

The United States government expressed concern about the press situation in Argentina during a conference about freedom of expression in the world on Wednesday, April 18, reported the newspaper La Razón.

Argentine city council president punches journalist in the face

On Monday, April 16, in Candelaria, Misiones in Argentina, the city council president punched a journalist who was trying to cover a city council session and was denied access to it three times.

District attorney killed while investigating killing of Peruvian journalist

A district attorney investigating the killing of Peruvian journalist Pedro Flores Silva in 2011 was shot to death on Monday, April 16, reported the Press and Society Institute.

Attacks on Ecuadorian press increased by 150 percent in past four years, report says

During the first trimester of this year, a total of 53 attacks on "news media, journalists, and citizens exercising their rights to freedom of expression” were recorded in Ecuador.

Arrest warrant for Colombian journalist expires

A warrant for the arrest of a Colombian journalist was suspended by prosecutors on Thursday April 12, when the warrant expired, according to Caracol Radio.

Ecuadorian parliament refuses to archive controversial media regulation bill; postpones vote

After refusing to archive the controversial media regulation bill, the National Assembly of Ecuador decided to postpone the vote on the proposal and decided that it will instead vote article by article.

Paraguayan journalist announces bid for presidency in 2013 elections

On Monday, April 9, a known Paraguayan journalist announced his run for presidency for the 2013 elections, confirming that he would leave his 30-year journalistic career behind, reported the Paraguayan News Portal.

Growth in popularity of handheld devices leads to growth in readership

With the recent increase in popularity of mobile technology, the percentage of people getting their news from mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, and e-readers, is also on a steady incline.