Pro/Con: Brazilian journalists debate journalism degree requirement

The Brazilian Senate recently bucked a 2009 ruling by the South American country's Supreme Court when it approved a bill reestablishing the requirement that all practicing journalists have an advanced degree.

Argentine journalist's testimony could expose Catholic church's relationship to military dictatorship

The Argentine journalist Patricio Downes gave testimony in the trial of priest Horacio Zitelli for crimes against humanity on Dec. 15, reported the newspaper Clarín.

Ecuadorian government's attempt to trademark Twitter tag portends censorship, warns blogger

The Ecuadorian blogger who coined the tag "30S" or "30-S" to follow tweets about the police protest on Sept. 30, 2010, came out against the government's attempt to trademark 30S, reported the newspapers El País and El Universo.

Journalists, free-speech advocates protest Internet anti-piracy act that threatens First Amendment

Journalists have joined the growing list of groups opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) under consideration by the U.S. congress, according to the Washington Post.

Brazilian governor's brother threatens reporter after allegation of embezzlement

Brazilian journalist Claudio Dantas Sequeira was threatened by the brother of the governor of the Brazilian Federal District, Angelo Queiroz, as he interviewed him for a report on the family's new-found wealth for the magazine Isto É on Dec. 11, reported the Press and Society Institute.

Mexican police attack two journalists for reporting on student protests

The Mexican newspaper La Jornada de Guerrero claimed that one of its reporters was beaten and jailed in the southern city of Chilpancingo.

Journalist for NGO threatened while covering layoffs in Brazil

Brazilian journalist Ruy Sposati was threatened while reporting on lay offs by the Belo Monte Construction Consortium in the city of Altamira in the northern state of Pará on Dec. 12, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil.

News host in Dominican Republic quits when station refuses to air video of politician's bodyguard shoving a journalist

A TV news host in the Dominican Republic quit the station where he worked, live on the air, after station executives refused to air a video showing a politician's bodyguard shove a reporter, according to the newspaper Diario Libre.

Brazilian blogger critical of local politicians is found dead in his house

Amilton Alexander, a Brazilian blogger known as Mosquito was found dead in his house Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the city of Florianópolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, according to Cangablog.

Brazil's highest court rules newspaper did not compromise defendant's presumed innocence

In a landmark decision for the press, the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice ruled that a suspect's "presumed innocence" does not impede the press from reporting critical facts about the case.

$2 million fine against Venezuelan TV station spurs demand for greater voice in telecommunications policy

On Dec. 11, the Venezuelan National Association of Journalists (CNP in Spanish) released a statement expressing concern over the $2 million fine the government levied against opposition television station Globovisión.

Brazilian journalist threatened after uncovering $2 million fraud

Brazilian journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto reported he was threatened by a businessman when he left a restaurant in downtown Belém, the capital of the northern state of Pará, on Dec. 10.