Head of local trafficking gang threatens to “play soccer” with the head of Colombian journalist

A Colombian journalist has been threatened by one of the most wanted drug traffickers in Colombia after reporting on the war over drug distribution in the neighborhoods of Ibagué, said the newspaper El Espectador.

Guatemalan prosecutors ask reporter to reveal source of leaked prison report

A Guatemalan reporter has been summoned to reveal her source before the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, said the newspaper La Hora.

172 attacks against Argentine journalists in 2012: FOPEA

The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) registered a total of 172 attacks against the country’s press in 2012, according to a report released by the organization’s Freedom of Expression in Argentina Monitor, presented on March 22.

New campaign asks Mexican president to guarantee safety of journalists

The Mexican organization Artículo 19 has begun a signature-gathering campaign to ask the president of the country, Enrique Peña Nieto, to take action to guarantee the safety of Mexican journalists, said the newspaper Periódico Central.

Cyber-attack left Knight Center’s websites down for two weeks

After a two-week hiatus following a massive cyber-attack, the websites of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the International Symposium for Online Journalism are now back online.

Brazilian legislature proposes plan to streamline removal of defamatory content online

Attempting to safeguard the public image of Brazilian federal deputies, the Chamber of Deputies’ attorney general, Cláudio Cajado, proposed a plan to Google that would  streamline the process to remove online content deemed offensive

RSF urges Colombia to protect journalists from police violence

Colombian reporters covering a coffee workers’ strike in the departments of Hulia and Tolima face violence from police forces and lack adequate protection, according to a March 8 letter from Reporters Without Borders

Journalist shot, killed in southern Guatemala

A journalist in Guatemala was gunned down and killed in the south of the country, AFP reported. Unknown men shot Jaime Jarquín, correspondent for newspaper Nuestro Diario, while he chatted with three friends at a store in the city of Pedro de Álvaro, near the border with El Salvador

Tow Center’s “Post Industrial Journalism” essay now available in Spanish

The Spanish publisher eCísero, specialized in releasing journalism publications for tablets an ebook readers, is now offering free downloads of the Spanish translation of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism‘s essay “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present.”

No settlement in Colombian journalist's lawsuit against former president for libel and defamation

Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque and former president Álvaro Uribe were unable to reach an agreement in the lawsuit for libel and defamation that Duque filed against Uribe, reported Caracol Radio.

Honduran journalist cancels radio and TV programs after threats

A Honduran journalist has decided to suspend two radio and TV programs due to threats, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Arsonists burn journalists’ car, presumably in retaliation for drug reporting

Arsonists burned the car of two journalists in Argentina, presumably because of their reporting, on Monday, March 18, reported the website El Tribuno.