Bolivian police expel journalist covering indigenous mass wedding

At an indigenous mass wedding attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales and several of his ministers, police forcefully expelled a journalist covering the May 7 event in La Paz, Opinión reports.

Trial begins against Chilean community radio station that operated without a license

Six months after Chilean community radio station Radio Tentación in November 2010 was closed and its equipment seized, the station's members find themselves on trial for broadcasting without authorization, reported the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, or AMARC.

Reporters threatened while covering police protests in western Brazil

Journalists covering police protests in the Amazon-region city of Porto Velho, Rondônia on May 7 and 8 were threatened and harassed by several demonstrating officers, Rondoniaovivo reports.

Panama’s president asks church to moderate dialogue on freedom of expression

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli is organizing a national dialogue on freedom of expression, to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in response to allegations of threats and abuse perpetrated by government officials against journalists, EFE reports.

Bolivian president issues decree ordering media to be more patriotic and support country's maritime claim against Chile

Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, ordered the country's media to show more patriotism and support the government's strategy of bringing Chile before an international court in order to obtain access to the Pacific Ocean, according to El Deber.

Central American journalism forum covers everything from organized crime to WikiLeaks to documentary films

Journalists and citizens from throughout Central America are coming together to discuss the "urgent" issues facing the region as part of the 2011 Central American Forum on Journalism, organized by the Salvadoran digital newspaper El Faro, or The Lighthouse. The forum got underway Monday, May 16, and will continue through Saturday, May 21, in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Colombian journalist shot in leg while covering riots

Cameraman Alejandro Márquez was shot in the leg May 10, 2011, during violent disturbances in the city of Medellín, Colombia, Caracol Radio reports.

OAS press freedom monitor criticizes Brazil over journalist killings

The Office of the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned the recent deaths of two Brazilian journalists: Valério Nascimento and Luciano Leitão Pedrosa, Folha de São Paulo reports.

Twitter taps crowd to translate service into Portuguese

Five years after its creation, a Portuguese version of the micro-blogging service Twitter is in the works, the site announced. According to Terra, the site is looking to crowdsource the translation to volunteers.

Videos attack Panamanian journalists who published unflattering WikiLeaks cables

A series of videos that attack Panamanian journalists, especially those at La Prensa newspaper, were released at the end of April. Reporters without Borders (RSF) argues that their release is related to the publication of WikiLeaks cables that were not to President Ricardo Martinelli’s liking.

Movement for degree requirement to practice journalism gains steam across Brazil

Nearly two years after the requirement to hold a media-related degree to practice journalism was declared unconstitutional by the Brazilian Supreme Court, bills supporting the reinstatement of the requirement are advancing in legislatures nationwide.

Journalists in Colombian city stage walkout to protest threats and attacks

Approximately 40 journalists from different media outlets in the Pacific port city of Buenaventura walked out of their workplaces on May 9, 2011 to protest threats and violence faced by reporters in the region, El País reports.