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Ecuadorian government suspends television station's broadcasting rights

Ecuador's National Council on Telecommunications (CONATEL in Spanish) unilaterally suspended a television station's broadcasting license in the southern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, according to Fundamedios.

Transparency groups say ex-Brazilian president's amendment threatens freedom of information law

Senator and ex-Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Melo defended an amendment to a freedom of information bill that would keep "ultra secret" documents exempt from release, reported Folha de São Paulo.

Chilean student protests could break up media oligopoly, says Reporters Without Borders

Chile's student protests could help break up the country's concentrated media empires, suggested a new report from Reporters without Borders.

Eight judges recused from trial against Ecuadorian newspaper

Judge Stevie Gamboa Valladares, the eighth judge named to oversee the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo's appeal, presented a letter recusing himself from the trial, the website Buró de Análisis Informativo reported on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Haitian, Mexican journalists among 2011 Ochberg Fellows for trauma coverage

A journalist from Haiti and one from Mexico are among the 2011 Dart Center Ochberg Fellows, according to Poynter.org.

Two twitterers arrested in Mexico, accused of terrorism for spreading rumors of attacks

Mexican authorities arrested two men for allegedly tweeting rumors about violence, according to the Associated Press (AP). The state is accusing the suspects of terrorism, Milenio reported.

Colombia's ex-president calls Washington Post journalists "terrorist sympathizers"

The former Colombian president criticized Washington Post reporters who wrote an article implicating the U.S. government in abuses of power committed in Colombia, reported the newspaper El Colombiano.

Publisher, journalists sentenced to pay $170,000 for criticizing Brazilian judge

The Brazilian Superior Court of Justice sentenced J.L. Editora, publisher of the newspaper Folha do Espirito Santo, and journalists Jackson Rangel Vieira and Hinger Mansur to pay Judge Camilo José D'Ávila Couto for moral damages, announced the court's website.

Political reporter kidnapped in northwestern Mexico

A political reporter in northwestern Mexico was kidnapped after leaving his office Wednesday, Aug. 24, reported the BBC and the Sinaloa newspaper El Debate. Humberto Millán, announcer for Radio Fórmula and editor of the independent online newspaper A Discusión in Culiacán, was abducted by armed men in two trucks, a "hallmark" of organized crime, according […]

Brazilian Internet rights bill ready for Congress' review

The Brazilian minister of communications announced that Tuesday, Aug. 23, a bill defining Internet rights was ready and would be sent shortly to Congress for its review, reported the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. The bill has been under discussion for over a year.

Death threats force journalist to flee Colombia

Mary Luz Avendaño, correspondent for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, fled the country after receiving death threats, reported the Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP in Spanish).

Political pressure forces shutdown of website ranking state legislators' performance in Brazil

An online ranking run by the Federation of Business Associations in Santa Catarina evaluating the jobs of state legislators in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, did not last more than a day.