Radio station owner killed as Panama media launch campaign against violence

Reporters Without Borders is calling on authorities to investigate the killing of a radio owner and program director in Panama. Darío Fernández Jaén was killed Nov. 6 in the city of Penonomé, a few minutes from the Panamanian capital.

After 12 days on a hunger strike, Venezuelan editor released from prison, taken to clinic

The editor-in-chief of the Venezuelan weekly newspaper Sexto Poder, Leocenis García, was released from prison and taken to a private clinic the night of Nov. 21 after spending 12 days on a hunger strike in prison to protest the charges against him, reported El Nacional.

Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Argentine radio station's broadcasting equipment

A fire almost completely destroyed the broadcasting equipment of the radio station FM Sapucay on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Argentine community of Santa Rita Misiones on the border with Brazil, according to the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish).

Brazilian reporter becomes another victim of police violence while covering protests in Chile

Despite the denouncements of international organizations and charges of kidnapping and torturing two photographers, Chilean security forces continue to crack down on the practice of freedom of expression. On Nov. 21, police intimidated and attacked journalists covering a protest against a tribute to a former member of the military dictatorship, reported the website Opera Mundi.

Six-month prison sentence upheld for Ecuadoran radio journalist accused of libeling a doctor

A court in Ecuador has ratified a six-month prison sentence against a radio broadcaster accused of defaming a doctor two years ago, according to IFEX.

"We want to know": Website aims to make Brazil's new sunshine law user friendly (Interview)

Brazil recently passed its own sunshine law, codifying the right to make freedom of information requests from the government. While the legal battle over the law’s passage is over, many Brazilians are unsure about how to go about making freedom of information requests. The website Queremos Saber (“We Want to Know”) is trying to change that. This pioneering project seeks to facilitate information requests in Brazil and make communication between citizens and public servants more transparent.

Falta de Justiça para assassinatos de jornalistas motiva criação do Dia Internacional Contra a Impunidade

Na quarta-feira 23 de novembro, o mundo celebrará pela primeira vez o Dia Internacional Contra a Impunidade, criado para coincidir com o aniversário do massacre de 32 jornalistas em Maguindanao, nas Filipinas, em 23 de novembro de 2009. A iniciativa da Intercâmbio Internacional pela Liberdade de Expressão (IFEX, na sigla em inglês) tem o objetivo de pedir Justiça para todos aqueles assassinados no exercício de seu direito à livre expressão e dar visibilidade ao problema da impunidade, explicou a própria IFE

Journalists' killers getting away with murder, prompting recognition of International Day to End Impunity

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the first time, the world will recognize the International Day to End Impunity, held to coincide with the anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre of 32 journalists in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines. The inaugural day is being organized by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) as a "call to action to demand justice for those who have been killed for exercising their right to freedom of expression and shed light on the issue of impunity," according to IFEX.

Equipment stolen from offices of freedom of expression NGO in Venezuela

On Nov. 17, electronic equipment and office supplies were stolen from the Venezuelan freedom of expression NGO, Public Space, in the capital city of Caracas, reported the Press and Society Institute.

Book on Felipe Calderón's presidency motivated death threats, says Argentine journalist

An Argentine journalist and her assistant both claimed to have received death threats since the beginning of November. The journalists believe the threats are motivated by the up-coming publication of a book investigating Mexican President Felipe Calderón's six-year term, reported Artículo 19.

Fórum sobre liberdade de expressão discute assassinatos de jornalistas no México

Familiares de jornalistas assassinados ou desaparecidos e defensores da liberdade de expressão participarão, no dia 10 de dezembro, na Cidade do México, do Fórum Memória de Jornalistas, organizado pelas organizações Repórteres Sem Fronteiras e Centro de Jornalismo e Ética Pública (CEPET, na sigla em espanhol).

Newspaper vendors become latest targets of press violence after shooting in Mexico

The newspaper El Mundo de Córdoba claimed that gunmen fired on their vendors from a truck on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the city of Córdoba, in the Gulf state of Veracruz.