President Chávez's attacks against private media weakens Venezuelan press, according to new CPJ report

A special report about Venezuela on Wednesday, Aug. 29, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called attention to President Hugo Chávez's harassment of the private press during the last 13 years, reported the newspaper La Nación. The report, titled "Venezuela's private media wither under Chávez assault," is the fourth CPJ has published about Venezuela ever since Chávez was elected president for the first time, in 1999. According to CPJ, Chávez has used threats and restrictive measures -- such as the persecuti

Honduran TV reporter seeks refuge at police station after receiving death threats

After receiving death threats, a Honduran TV reporter sought refuge in a police station on the night of Monday, Aug. 27, reported the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre).

Colombian Supreme Court reverses decision to sue journalist for defamation

On Monday, Aug. 27, the criminal division of the Colombian Supreme Court reversed its decision to sue journalist Cecilia Orozco Tascón for libel and slander, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom. The Court charged Orozco on Aug. 23, after she published an opinion column in the newspaper El Espectador questioning the criminal division's decisions.

Bolivia to sue Brazilian magazine over drug trafficking allegations against government official

The administration of Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Monday, Aug. 27, that it plans to sue the Brazilian magazine Veja for an article published in June linking Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramón Quintana to drug trafficking, reported the website Brasil 247.

Bolivian government accuses two newspapers of "inciting racism"

Two newspapers and a news agency in Bolivia face charges of "diffusion and incitement of racism or discrimination." The news agency claims it only reported what President Evo Morales said in a speech, reported the newspaper La Razón.

Venezuelan National Journalists Union condemns attack on TV channel news team covering prison riot

In a press release on Friday, Aug. 24, the National Journalists Union (CNP in Spanish) criticized the attacks against a Venezuelan news team from the Globovisión TV channel, while the journalists were covering a prison conflict in southern Caracas, the capital of the country.

Article 19 denies that killings of Mexican photographers linked to freedom of expression

The freedom of expression organization Article 19 said that the recent killing of two Mexican photographers was not necessarily an attack against freedom of expression, according to a statement published on Monday, Aug. 20.

Governo boliviano anuncia que vai processar revista brasileira por denúncia envolvendo ministro

O governo do presidente Evo Morales anunciou nesta segunda-feira, 27 de agosto, que vai processar a revista Veja por uma reportagem publicada em junho que vincula o ministro da Presidência Juan Ramón Quintana ao narcotráfico, informou o site Brasil 247.

Mexican criminals impersonating TV reporters arrested in Nicaragua

About 18 people impersonating Mexican reporters of the news station Televisa were arrested at the border between Nicaragua and Honduras on Friday, Aug. 24, and were accused of money laundering and organized crime, according to El Nuevo Diario.

More than 100 employees laid off as Uruguayan newspaper ends print edition, goes digital

After circulating for more than 30 years, the Uruguayan newspaper UNoticias announced it is ending its print edition and moving exclusively online as of Monday, Aug. 27, according to the news portal El País.

Organizations launch campaign for new communication law in Brazil

On Monday, Aug. 27, Brazilian civil society organizations launched the campaign "Freedom of Expression--A New Law for a New Time," reported the National Forum for the Democratization of Communication. The campaign marks the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian Telecommunications Law and calls for a new "general communication law" that defends plurality, diversity, and equal access to media and telecommunications in the South American country.

Colombian Supreme Court sues journalist for publishing critical opinions, warns another

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the Colombian Supreme Court announced a libel lawsuit against a journalist, and criticized commentaries published by another journalist, reported the newspaper El Tiempo and the magazine Semana. The court was upset over the columns that questioned and criticized some of the court's decisions.