Brazilian military hindered reporters from filming in slums outside Rio de Janeiro

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.

Ecuadoran court suspends multimillion fine and prison sentence against newspaper columnist

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.

Reporter and newspaper in Mexico accuse mayor of ordering attacks

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.

Environmental stories take top prizes for best reporting in Colombia

The Colombian magazine Semana and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobrás awarded the Semana Petrobrás Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in South American journalism.

Television reporter attacked in Peru after reporting on corruption

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.

State-run Ecuador TV is the latest government body to sue embattled journalist Emilio Palacio

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.

Argentine radio stations face mounting violence with second attack since September

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.

TV news segment canceled following threats from soccer fan club in Brazil

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.

UN names journalism one of the most dangerous professions in the world

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.

Community radio reporter becomes 2nd Brazilian journalist attacked in same week

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.

Journalists arrested, attacked while covering student protests in Chile

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.

Attacks on Ecuador's media have soared in year since alleged coup attempt, report says

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.