Brazilian journalist attacked by mayoral candidate's bodyguard

A Brazilian bodyguard for José Serra, mayoral candidate in São Paulo, attacked a radio journalist during a press conference that took place on Tuesday, July 24, reported the news portal Terra.

Honduran mayor censors news outlets that interview opposing candidates

A Honduran candidate complained that a mayor that is running for reelection closed news media outlets to prevent opposing candidates from expressing themselves, according to the organization Committee for Freedom of Expression in Honduras (C-Libre).

Brazilian newspaper renovates printed edition for 87th anniversary

On Sunday, July 29, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo will launch a new design for its printed edition, to commemorate 87 years of publishing, reported the news site Jornalistas na Web.

Peruvian Supreme Court reduces sentences for death squad members guilty of killing journalist in 1992

A chamber of the Peruvian Supreme Court decided to reduce the sentences of many members of the death squad, known as Grupo Colina that was active during the 90s in Peru, nullifying sentences for crimes against humanity in several cases, including the killing of journalist Pedro Yauri.

Organization of state news agencies withdraws from Paraguay, accuses private media of prompting "small coups"

The Latin American Union of News Agencies (ULAN in Spanish) accused private news media outlets of provoking "small coups" in Latin America and also withdrew membership from the Paraguayan Information state news agency.

Brazilian journalist threatened via Facebook after publishing complaint against former police commander

Brazilian reporter André Caramante, from the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, said that he received threats through Facebook after publishing an article with complaints against a former commander of the Tobias de Aguir Ostensible Rounds (ROTA in Portuguese).

84 percent of public information requests approved since Brazil's sunshine law went into effect, but problems still remain

Since the Brazilian Law of Information Access went into effect on May 16, the Brazilian federal government has received 17,516 requests to access documents and other information.

Human Rights Watch warns Venezuela's concentration of power deteriorates freedom of expression

The freedom of expression situation in Venezuela has deteriorated since 2008, due to President Hugo Chávez's abundant power abuses, according to a report by the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Ecuadorian Court suspends session to analyze press restriction regulation

On Thursday, July 19, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador suspended its session scheduled to analyze the legality of the controversial Democracy Code, a regulation pushed by President Rafael Correa that regulates press coverage during electoral campaigns.

Mexican journalist's house broken into; threatening message left inside

Several individuals broke into a journalist's house and left him a threatening message in Sonora, in northeast Mexico, reported the newspaper Nuevo Día in the city of Nogales.

Online independent journalism dependent on collaborative investigation

“Newspapers die or are under military heels or commit suicide because they do not face their real problems." These were the words of Brazilian journalist Jânio de Freitas.

Cuban journalist faces 15 years in prison for espionage charges

On Wednesday, July 18, Prosecutors sought a 15-year jail sentence for Cuban journalist José Antonio Torres who wrote a scathing investigative piece critical of an aqueduct construction project in the city of Santiago, according to the Miami Herald.