Funeral wreaths sent as threat to Peruvian newspaper during midst of tense presidential election campaign

César Lévano, director of the Peruvian newspaper La Primera, and Arturo Belaúnde, president of the same newspaper, received funeral wreaths in the midst of a tense presidential election campaign, according to La República.

Gunmen kill Honduran journalist who criticized government and landowners

Journalist Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco, who reported on land conflicts with ranchers and alleged corruption in the northwestern city of Morazán, became at least the 12th journalist killed in the past 18 months in Honduras, the Associated Press reports.

Blogger arrested then released for allegedly libeling Ecuador’s attorney general

A week after being arrested for allegedly slandering Attorney General Washington Pesántez in a blog post, Víctor Vizcaíno Luzuriaga was freed pending trial by a judge, El Diario and Radio Sucre report.

Mayor blocks sales of Brazilian newspaper that accused him of corruption

Roberto Peixoto, the mayor of Taubaté, São Paulo, blocked street sales of Bom Dia Taubaté on May 10. According to the paper, the audit comes after it published articles on a series of scandals and corruption allegations involving the mayor.

New digital book shines light on covering drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Reporting on the illegal narcotics industry and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean is much more difficult, complex and dangerous than it looks like, according to a new digital book in English and Spanish released by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, in conjunction with the Open Society Foundations.

Canadian government failing in openness and transparency, freedom of expression report says

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was just elected to a third term, has received, for the second year in a row, an "F-" in access to information, according to the National Post.

Brazilian governor asks press to not cover delays in World Cup preparations

The governor of the central-western state of Mato Gross, Silval Barbosa, asked the press to not publish negative stories about the progress of development projects for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil, Olhar Direto reports.

Journalists fear for state of freedom of expression in Bolivia

In Bolivia’s three largest cities, 92% of journalists say that freedom of expression is under threat in the county, according to May 8 survey of 200 journalists, FMBolivia reports.

Death squads continue to threaten community radio journalists in El Salvador

Journalists at Radio Victoria in El Salvador received new death threats from an “extermination group” that has targeted the broadcaster since 2006, Prensa de Frente reports.

Brazilian journalist censored, harassed after publishing video alleging corruption in state government

Valdir Cardoso, the Brazilian journalist responsible for the site O Jornal MS, is denouncing the way a judicial order to confiscate one of his videos was carried out, according to the digital newspaper Midiamax. The video in question is about a supposed corruption case involving government officials from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Crowds attack journalists as tensions heighten in buildup to Peru’s presidential vote

A group of nearly 100 individuals attacked a car driven by journalist Jaime Althaus, who works for the El Comercio-owned Canal N TV, Peru.com reports.

Ecuador’s president claims victory in controversial referendum on media regulation

The votes still are being counted, but Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has claimed victory in a nationwide vote on 10 issues ranging from a bullfighting ban to the creation of a panel to regulate media content, CNN reports. Both the government and the opposition have suggested that there were irregularities during in the Saturday, May 7, vote, local media outlets report.