Mexican court acquits five journalists sued for moral damages by former judge

The Mexican Supreme Court acquitted five journalists accused of defaming a judge after reporting about construction irregularities at the new headquarters of the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice, reported the magazine Zócalo.

OAS opens inquiry into impunity in case of journalist killed during Brazil's military dictatorship

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS), opened an official inquiry into Brazil's failure to investigate the circumstances of the death of journalist Vladimir Herzog.

Journalism groups dismayed at Brazil's decision to help block UN plan for journalists' safety

Brazilian journalists and international journalism organizations are dismayed that Brazil, along with Cuba, Venezuela, India and Pakistan, decided to block a U.N. plan that would have promoted journalists' safety.

Mexican magazine fined for publishing electoral advertising

One week after a car bomb exploded in front of the Mexican newspaper Expreso's offices -- and authorities have yet to identify anyone responsible for the attack -- another publication from the same publishing company also has come under attack, this time from the local Electoral Board, which has fined the magazine Conexión Total about $12,500, reported the newspaper Hoy Tamaulipas on Thursday, March 29. Both Expreso and Conexión Total are located in the state of Tamaulipas. The fine was levied against the publication f

Chilean journalist arrested while trying to cover a fire

A Chilean journalist was arrested when trying to cover a fire at a plastic factory in the Huechuraba community, north of Santiago, Chile, reported the newspaper La Nación.

Second Colombian journalist killed in less than a month

For the second time this month, a Colombian journalist was shot to death; this time in Sabanalarga, in the state of Atlántico, Colombia, reported The Associated Press. Journalist Jesús Martínez, a community radio reporter in Sabanalarga, was killed Thursday, March 29.

TV channel's mobile unit destroyed in Honduras

Two armed men trying to break into a Honduran TV channel's offices, destroyed one of the station's mobile units early in the morning of Wednesday, March 28, reported the organization C-Libre.

Second journalist in two days shot to death in southern Brazil

A Brazilian journalist was shot in the chest while driving to his job at a radio station in Foz de Iguazú, in the state of Paraná, on the morning of Monday, March 26, reported the news site Gazeta Online.

Cuba denies visas for foreign press, arrests journalists during Pope's visit

Although about 800 journalists from 33 countries are covering Pope Benedict's visit to Cuba March 26- 28, the Cuban government denied visas for reporters and photographers from Florida and a journalist from the Spanish newspaper El País, according to reports by El Nuevo Herald and Diario de Cuba.

Peruvian Supreme Court voids journalist's prison sentence for defamation

The Supreme Court of San Martín in Tarapoto, Peru, voided a journalist's prison sentence for defamation against a local mayor, reported the news site Crónica Viva.

Brazilian police uncover plot to kidnap TV journalist

Through social networks, Brazilian military police discovered a plot to kidnap journalist José Luiz Datena, host of the television program "Urgent Brazil," on the night of Wednesday, March 28, according to a column written by journalist Flávio Ricco of UOL.

Venezuelan journalists declare freedom of expression situation as "critical"

On Tuesday, March 27, in a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, journalist organizations called 2011 the worst year for the Venezuelan press because of the rise in attacks against reporters and news media, reported the AFP.