The Brazilian military hindered camera crews from filming in the Complexo do Alemão, a collection of 13 slums, or favelas, outside Rio de Janeiro, on Oct. 3, reported the website Consciência.net. The favelas have been occupied by the military since November 2010, after a series of attacks orchestrated by drug traffickers.
An Ecuadoran court suspended journalist Emilio Palacio's three-year prison sentence and $40 million fine for defaming the Andean country's president, Rafael Correa, reported BBC Mundo.
The newspaper El Sol del Sur published a leaflet denouncing telephone threats it received, the sabotage of its website, and police aggression against reporters covering the expulsion of street vendors in Cuidad Madero in the border state of Tamaulipas.
The Colombian magazine Semana and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobrás awarded the Semana Petrobrás Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in South American journalism.
Panamericana de Televisión reporter Carlos Comacho claims that he was beaten by five unidentified subjects when he arrived at his home in Lima, Perú, according to the newspaper El Comercio.
Soon after a judge suspended Emilio Palacio's three-year prison sentence and multimillion-dollar fine for committing libel against Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, another judge announced he would hear a new case against the embattled journalist, this time for slander, reported AFP.
the northern city of Salta, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA). The station's owner, Daniel Longarela, told FOPEA that the assailants intentionally cut the tethers that supported the antenna on Oct. 3. Since then, channels 2 and 10 have continued broadcasting but only with low power equipment, while Radio Mitre's broadcasts were completely shut down.
A Brazilian news team investigating an attack by a soccer fan club on a player found themselves the target of violence by the same club on Oct. 12, reported the sports newspaper UOL Esporte.
With more than 500 killings during the last 10 years, journalism is one of the most dangerous professions in the world, according to an alert from the United Nations.
On the evening of Oct. 3, Brazilian journalist Francisco Cidimar Ferreira Sombra was attacked and gunmen fired several shots at his home in the city of Russas in the northeastern state of Ceará, reported Ceará Agora. The shots narrowly missed the room where the journalist's son sleeps.
Chilean journalists were attacked and arrested by police Thursday, Oct. 6, while covering riots that resulted from a student march in Santiago, Chile, reported radio station Uchile.
One year after the alleged attempted coup d’etat that shook Ecuador on Sept. 30, 2010 (known as 30S), Fundamedios published a report about attacks against the media and freedom of expression in the country. The report studies attacks before and after 30S, and shows a significant increase in the number of aggressions against journalists in the last year.