“The killing is the result of a country in chaos”: a profile of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez

On April 28, 2012, the news spread by word of mouth through a shocked community.  Regina Martínez Pérez, correspondent for Proceso magazine, was found dead in her house in Xalapa, Veracruz.

New crowd-sourced map tracks attacks against journalists, social media users in Mexico

Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists have launched a new crowd-sourced map to track attacks against journalists, social media users and bloggers who report crime and corruption in Mexico.

Ecuador threatens to sue OAS’ freedom of expression rapporteur after damning report

For the "shameless lies" contained within the reports of the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the non-profit Transparency International, Ecuador's minister of foreign affairs, Ricardo Patiño, announced that the federal government will take action and launch an "offensive strategy" against these entities, Fundamedios reported.

Popular Mexican news site Animal Político seeks to eliminate dependence on government advertising

Now that they've reached the largest social media audience in Mexico, the next step for the popular news site Animal Político is to diversify their sources of revenue and completely avoid the publicity purchased by the Mexican government, the most important advertiser for news outlets covering politics and general information in the country.

Inter American Press Association condemns trial against journalists in Panama

The decision by a judge to try a team of journalists from a Panamanian newspaper has been called “an alert for media that call out possible irregularities in public administration” by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) in a press release.

Data Journalism Handbook is translated into Spanish

After a five-month wait, Nación Data has launched the Spanish version of the Data Journalism Handbook.  The book is free, open-source, and is designed to help journalists use data to improve their stories.

President of Honduras toughens restrictions on freedom of expression in proposed telecom law

The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, has presented the Congress with a proposal that toughens content regulations on the media, including regulation on schedules and punishments for broadcasting violent or obscene content, content that celebrates or defends crime, or content that goes against morals and good behavior, said La Prensa.  Lobo’s proposed telecom law is popularly known as the “ley mordaza” – the gag law – due to its restrictions on press freedom.

One year after the murder of Regina Martínez, the demand for press protection grows

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the killing of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez, hundreds of journalists in 20 Mexican cities took to the streets on Sunday, April 28 to demand protection for the press and investigations into crimes against journalists.  On Storify and Tumblr, journalists published images and text about the unpunished killings and attacks on journalists.

Brazil aims to complete analog-to-digital transition by 2016

Officially launched in Brazil in December 2007, today digital TV covers 46.8 percent of the country, according to data from the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL).  What does this mean less than three years out from the end of analog TV broadcasting – which, by decree, is set to end in July 2016?  What is the federal government planning to reach the remaining 53.4 percent before the deadline?

Young photojournalist killed and mutilated in northern Mexico

Update 2: Anonymous journalists in Saltillo told the magazine Proceso that a representative from the Coahuila state prosecutor knew in advance where to find the bodies of Martínez and Zamora. 

Brazil tops Google's Transparency Report for most requests to censor online content

Brazil has a big lead as the country with the most government requests to remove online content by judicial order in the latest Google Transparency Report, released on Thursday, April 25. In the period between July and December 2012, the search giant received 1,461 court-ordered requests from governments around the world to remove content, including YouTube videos and search results, with nearly 43 percent of them coming from Brazilian authorities. 

Journalist is shot and killed in Paraguay near the border with Brazil

Carlos Manuel Artaza, a journalist in Paraguay was shot five times and killed on Thursday April 25 in Pedro Juan Caballero city, near the capital of Asunción, where he was hospitalized, reported newspaper ABC Color.