FOPEA warns against retaliatory firings of Argentine journalists

The firings of three journalists in Argentina under different circumstances are a demonstration of the “lack of labor guarantees" that prevent reporters from exercising their profession in “liberty and without suffering reprisals,”

Mexican Congressmen approve telecom reforms: a summary

After 17 hours in session, the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico approved on Friday, March 22 a telecommunications reform law, one of the most hotly debated topics of recent weeks.

National Court of Ecuador clears journalist who faced 5 years in prison

The criminal chamber of the National Court of Justice of Ecuador has declared the journalist Freddy Aponte innocent. Aponte had been facing five years in prison for "fraudulent insolvency" -- not being able to pay a fine -- said the newspaper La Hora.

New wave of threats targets Venezuelan journalists, media workers

Several Venezuelan cartoonists, journalists, writers and artists have been the target of a series of threats through Twitter, telephone and text messages, according to news portal Noticias 24.

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