Journalist sentenced to three years in prison for libeling Peruvian prosecutor

Journalist Paul Garay Ramírez, a correspondent for La Exitosa radio and the host of “Controversy” on Visión 47 TV, was sentenced to three years in prison for accusing prosecutor Agustín López of corruption, La República reports.

Nieman Fellowship is a lifesaver for Colombian journalist

Colombian journalist Hollman Morris is certain the Harvard Nieman Fellowship has saved his life.

Mexican journalist says subpoena to testify in drug case is harassment

Cuarto Poder reports that one of its reporters, Fredy Martín Pérezis is being harassed by a judge, who is trying to force the journalist to testify in a trial for two alleged drug traffickers.

Peruvian journalists claim they were fired for not supporting presidential candidate

Two journalists who were fired April 20 by the TV station Canal N, owned by El Comercio, say they were punished for not supporting presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, Los Andes reports.

Explosion kills Bolivian journalist under suspicious circumstances

The Agencia de Noticias Fides (ANF) reports its news editor, David Niño de Guzmán, was found dead in an empty lot in La Paz on Thursday, April 21, with his stomach destroyed by a dynamite explosion.

Brazilian court bars news site from publishing allegations

A judge in Tocantins state has issued an indefinite injunction against the Portal Arnaldo Filho news site, blocking it from publishing complaints by ex-workers at a private school in the city of Araguaína, Conexão Tocantins reports.

Internet freedom at risk around world, says Freedom House report

Even as the number of Internet users continues to grow, Internet freedom is increasingly threatened, and countries such as Venezuela, Jordan and Russia are especially at risk, according to a new report from Freedom House.

Opposition journalists report new harassment from Cuban authorities

Less than two weeks after the last Cuban journalist was released from prison, opposition reporters have denounced new acts of repression and intimidation from the authorities.

Brazilian Senate committees pass information access bill

In a joint session on April 19, the Human Rights and Science and Technology committees passed an information access bill, which ends the state of indefinite secrecy for public records, the Agência Senado reports.

Colombia's top prosecutor won’t investigate two-decade-old journalist killings

The office of Colombia’s Attorney General announced that it would no longer investigate the deaths of El Espectador journalists Julio Daniel Chaparro and Jorge Enrique Torres, who were killed 20 years ago while investigating a massacre, El Tiempo reports.

Guest post: Faced with violence in Mexico, editorial standards help journalists avoid information blackouts

The commentary Kowanin Silva, of the newspaper Vanguardia de Saltillo, wrote here last week [April 18] about the use of social networks to break the information blockade, was very correct, as publishing on Facebook or Twitter helps a newspaper to get information out immediately.

Colombian journalists organize "march of silence" to protest paramilitary threats

Colombian journalists nationwide plan to take to the streets May 3 for a “march of silence” against the growing wave of threats by paramilitary groups against journalists and human rights groups, El Espectador and CM& report.