VP of news at Mexico’s Televisa appears in documents about Nicaraguan money laundering scheme

Documents found by police in Nicaragua contain the name of a top executive with Mexico’s media giant Televisa in a recent money laundering scandal involving the two countries, according to the radio network Noticias MVS.

In freedom of online speech, U.S. and Cuba at opposite extremes: Freedom House report

The United States and Cuba are at opposite extremes of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2012 report. According to the New York-based organization, the United States was ranked the second most “free” country in the world for online expression, while Cuba was listed as the second to worst.

Police accused of kidnapping and beating a reporter in Mexico for filming confrontation

Police arrested a Mexican journalist for recording a confrontation after an election from the window of his hotel room in the city of Motozintla, Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border, reported the news agency ANSA.

Collaborative mapping of fires in Brazilian favelas showcases possibilities for crowdsourcing the news

Brazilian reporter Patrícia Cornils got a surprising response after sharing on Facebook a Google Docs worksheet listing fires in the favelas of São Paulo. Several people joined the collaborative reporting project that became Fogo no Barraco (Fire in the Shanty), an interactive map that cross references data on fires with real estate appreciation near the affected areas. The map demonstrates the journalistic possibilities of online collaboration and crowdsourcing information.

Ecuadorian magazine fined $80,000 for referendum editorial

Ecuador's Electoral Court (TCE in Spanish) sentenced a magazine to pay $80,000 for publishing an editorial on Sept. 26, reported the newspaper El Universo.

Costa Rica's Tico Times becomes latest casualty of newspaper crisis, ends print edition

Costa Rica’s oldest English-language newspaper, The Tico Times, announced on its website that it would stop publishing its print edition as of Friday, Sept. 28. The Associated Press reported that the 56-year-old newspaper laid off its entire 16-person staff on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and will restructure its business into an online-only publication.

Colombian government announces protective measures for 10 threatened journalists

The Attorney General of Colombia announced on Sept. 26 that it would take preventative measures to protect the fundamental rights of 10 threatened journalists who interviewed an ex-paramilitary leader, reported Caracol Radio.

Officials complain journalist's questions too "uncomfortable" for presidential roundtable in Ecuador

An Ecuadorian journalist was denied entrance into a press meeting with the country's President, Rafael Correa, at the Teleradio Noticias station after the Secretary of Communication complained that his questions could make some officials uncomfortable, reported Fundamedios.

Mexican reporter seeks asylum in France after threats and the killing of nine other journalists

Following threats against his life, another journalist from Veracruz, Mexico has decided to seek asylum abroad, reported the Foundation for Freedom of Expression.

More questions emerge over "impostor reporters" from Mexican television giant and money laundering scam in Nicaragua

As Televisa continues to deny any connection between the television broadcaster and a money laundering ring in Nicaragua, a prosecutor in the Central American country said that some of the suspects, arrested while impersonating reporters, supposedly called the broadcaster shortly before they were apprehended.

President of Argentina says there is no "independent and objective press" in her country

During an address to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told the audience "there is no independent and objective press" in Argentina, according to Multimedios Prisma.

At least 15 reporters have fled Mexico because of threats, another 20 seek refuge in the capital

At least 15 journalists have fled Mexico seeking asylum abroad, according to an interview with Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) Mexico representative Balbina Flores on Radio Fórmula.