Colombian governors and mayors to sign IAPA press freedom declaration

On Jan. 21, 60 Colombian governors and mayors will sign the Inter American Press Association's (IAPA) Declaration of Chapultepec, according to a press release from the association. 

Award-winning Colombian journalist and kidnapping victim receives new threat

The Free Press Foundation (FLIP in Spanish) and Oxfam demanded the immediate investigation into the latest threat received by Jineth Bedoya Lima, journalist and assistant legal editor for the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

Venezuelan journalists organizations file lawsuit against prosecutor's office for failure to respond to information requests

The organization Public Space, the National Union of Journalists and the National Syndicate of Venezuelan Press Workers filed a lawsuit against the Venezuelan Public Ministry on Monday, Jan. 14, for failing to respond to a petition sent to the government body.

Brazilian NGO launches press worker safety campaign

Brazil got off to a tragic start to the new year with the first killing of a journalist in 2013. The new year, however, also saw the launch of the Vlado Journalist Protection campaign, organized by the Vladimir Herzog Institute (IVH in Portuguese).

New newspaper will cover one of Colombia's most challenging regions

Starting on Thursday, Jan. 17, the Colombian department of Cauca will have a new newspaper in circulation, reported the website Periódico Virtual.

Newspapers in Honduras criticize suspension of media tax credits

A government decree that would temporarily suspend tax credits enjoyed by the media in Honduras sparked controversy in the country, according to a report from the website Centinela Económico.

Suspect arrested for the killing of radio manager in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Military police arrested a suspect on Tuesday, Jan. 15, for the killing of radio manager Renato Machado in São João da Barra, in the northern part of the state of Rio de Janeiro, reported G1.

Fundamedios releases guide to cover 2013 elections in Ecuador

The organization Fundamedios released a guide to election coverage for journalists and Ecuadorian media in anticipation of the Feb. 17 elections, reported the group.

Freedom of expression in Latin America is a priority for the U.S., says State Department

The U.S. government named freedom of expression one of three "specific challenges" in its strategy toward Latin America, along with energy resources and education, reported the news agency EFE.

Mexican Twitter users serve as de facto war correspondents, according to report

A new report from Microsoft Research highlights the role Twitter users in Mexico play in reporting violence from organized crime as an alternative to the censorship criminal groups exercise against traditional media. 

Cuban customs agents seize Venezuelan newspaper critical of Chávez and Castro

An anarchist collective claimed that Cuban customs officials confiscated a mail package containing samples of a Venezuelan newspaper, according to the website Havana Times. 

Latin American journalists debate violence against press workers at conference in Brazil

On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, Brazil's National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ in Portuguese) will host the International Conference on Human Rights and Journalism, in the city of Porto Alegre.