Brazilian newspapers defend paywalls

While newspaper circulation drops in the United States and Europe, South America's publications are enjoying a boom in readership.

New law punishes spreading rumors through phones, social media in Mexico

The southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco's Congress approved a law to punish the dissemination of false alarms that provoke panic through phone calls or social networks, reported the newspaper Tabasco Hoy.

Venezuelan judge reverses prior ruling, allows weekly 6to Poder to circulate

A judge in Caracas, Venezuela, lifted an injunction against the weekly 6to Poder prohibiting its publication and distribution, reported the Committee to Project Journalists.

Suspect captured in 2009 killing of Mexican journalist

Police agents in Sinaloa, Mexico captured a suspect in the 2009 killing of journalist José Luis Romero, of the radio program Línea Directa, according to the newspaper Noroeste.

Shots fired at Brazilian TV station

Gunmen fired on the headquarters of the Paraná Communication Network (RPC TV) in Maringá, Brazil, on the morning of Aug. 29, reported the Agência Estado.

Service sends censored news to Cuban cell phones

A blogger in Spain has been texting news headlines to cell phones in Cuba, reported the newspaper El Nuevo Herald de Miami.

Official retracts advertising boycott against journalist in Dominican Republic

An official in the Dominican Republic demanded that a reporter stop covering accusations against him or else he would organize a boycott of the program's advertisers, reported the newspaper Listín Diario.

Brazilian, Argentine news sites among finalists for 2011 Online Journalism Awards

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the Online News Association announced the finalists for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards, reported Poynter.org.

Two missing Mexican journalists remembered on International Day of the Disappeared

In observance of the Aug. 30 International Day of the Disappeared Reporters without Borders announced that there are currently 13 missing journalists in the world, two of which were abducted in Mexico. No official investigation has produced any results.

Journalists and universities unite against attacks on the press in Latin America (Interview)

In Puebla, Mexico, 22 universities debated and proposed solutions to the problem of impunity in attacks on the press at the Hemispheric Conference of Universities.

United States grants second Mexican journalist political asylum

Alejandro Hernández Pacheco, cameraman for Televisa, is the second Mexican reporter to receive asylum in the United States because of drug violence in Mexico, reported EFE and Reuters on Monday, Aug. 29.

Press groups criticize injunction closing Venezuelan weekly

The National Journalists Union of Venezuela (CNP in Spanish) and the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) criticized the injunction prohibiting the publication and distribution of the satirical weekly 6to Poder.