Police protection attracted more aggressions, said editor of Mexican daily El Siglo de Torreón

One week after the Mexican newspaper El Siglo de Torreón became the target of three armed attacks in a week, its editorial director Javier Garza considers that the protection measures employed to safeguard media outlets and journalists, which include the deployment of police forces, should be re-evaluated since they can be counterproductive.

New anti-human trafficking law in Bolivia would affect media outlets' finances, journalists say

The National Press Association of Bolivia, or ANP, described new rules in the country's law against human trafficking as an "attack" on freedom of expression and the "confiscation" of media outlets' financial resources, news portal Los Tiempos reported.

Uruguayan government to offer six frequencies to community radio stations

The Uruguayan government has opened up six frequencies to community radio stations after a public call for proposals, said the website Voces.

Newspaper copies stolen in Ecuador, daily suspects attempt to muzzle story

Ecuadorian newspaper El Diario reported that unknown men impeded the circulation of their Feb. 25 edition in the cantons of Pedernales and Jama, in the northeastern province of Manabí.

Attorney General of Goiás accuses five of murder of sports commentator

The Attorney General of Goiás accused five suspects of the murder of journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira on Wednesday, Feb. 27, said the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

Peruvian Attorney General asks journalist to reveal his sources

The Attorney General of Peru has asked a journalist to reveal the source for his latest story, said the website Crónica Viva.  Carlos Ampuero Ferrerira, from the newspaper La Región, received the request from the Attorney General of the province of Maynas, added the website.

Brazilian Penal Code reform set to raise sentence for defamation to up to four years

In Brazil defamation currently carries a minimum sentence of only three months, but that could change to two years if a penal code reform project currently being discussed in the Senate is approved.

After murder of news director in Chihuahua, Mexico, website will "very probably" shut down

Jaime Guadalupe Domínguez, the director of a news site in the Mexican city of Ojinaga -- in the Northern state of Chihuahua -- was killed in the afternoon of March 3 by a group of armed men, reported the newspaper Diario de Chihuahua.

In forum "The new long-form journalism in Latin America," journalists, academics seek partnerships to tell better stories

The Chilean narrative journalist Cristian Alarcón and Mexican reporter Marcela Turati talked about two very different topics during the forum “The new long-form journalism in Latin America: A dialogue between academics and journalists,"

Mexican daily El Siglo de Torreón suffers third armed attack in a week, after kidnapping of 5 staffers

The building of the Mexican newspaper El Siglo de Torreón was once again the target of another armed attack, making it the third in just a week, reported the Associated Press.

Ecuadorian NGO protests “arbitrary” closing of Twitter account

The Andean Foundation for Social Observation and Media Studies, Fundamedios, said that its Twitter account had been suspended for six days “without warning and without explanation.” Although the account has already been reactivated, the organization said that the closing was still worrying because of its “arbitrariness,” it said on its website.

Peruvian broadcaster taken off air by fire, blames mayor

The transmission center of a Peruvian radio station ceased broadcasting after a fire that caused approximately $5,800 in damages, said the news portal Ifex.  This is the second attack in 15 days against the Paraíso de Olmos radio station, whose administrator linked the attack to the mayor of the town, located in the northern department of Lambayeque, added Ifex.