Former Brazilian governor wins suit against journalist and publisher for unflattering article

A state judge in Brazil's Federal District (DF) sentenced Editora Abril – the company that publishes Veja magazine – and journalist Diego Escosteguy to pay $64,000 in damages to ex DF Governor Joaquim Roriz, reports Consultor Jurídico. The court ruled that Veja magazine used offensive language in a story that discussed the politician.

Three Peruvian journalists resign after being told not to criticize presidential candidate

Barely more than a week after two Peruvian TV journalists claimed El Comercio fired them for failing to toe the party line, three reporters for Radio Líder resigned after reportedly being told to not criticize presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, Terra reports.

Bolivian media workers demand life insurance after violent death of journalist

In response to the violent death of journalist David Niño de Guzmán, which has still not been ruled a homicide or suicide, Bolivian media workers have called for better working conditions and life insurance, AFP reports.

Alternative press defends Colombian journalist accused of guerrilla ties

Several digital media outlets have begun a campaign in support of Colombian journalist Joaquín Pérez Becerra, a Swedish citizen who was extradited from Venezuela to Bogotá for alleged ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.

Islamic group launches campaign to sue Brazilian magazine for libel

Brazil’s National Union of Islamic Bodies (UNI) launched an online campaign to gather 5,000 signatures in order to sue Veja magazine for the April 6 article “Brazil’s Terror Network.”

Ecuador reverses course, restores newspaper’s press credential

Ecuador’s government backtracked on its decision to not renew El Universo newspaper’s presidential press credentials, El Comercio reports. This is in spite of an ongoing conflict between the daily and President Rafael Correa, who initiated an $80 million defamation suit against it in March.

Arson destroys community radio station in Haiti

After airing the contested results of Haiti's controversial legislative elections, the Haitian community radio station Tèt Ansanm Karis was destroyed by arson, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Hyperlocal network Patch recruiting 8,000 bloggers

After recently announcing that it was going to hire 800 journalists and reduce its reliance on freelancers, now AOL's Patch.com is saying it wants to bring on 8,000 bloggers in the next week, reported Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici.

Ecuador’s president revokes top daily’s presidential press credential

In a new punch thrown in the fight between Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa and the opposition media, the government announced that it had suspended El Universo newspaper’s presidential press credential for its alleged “failure to comply with constitutional provisions,” El Nacional reports.

Cameraman shot to death on bus in El Salvador

Canal 33 cameraman Alfredo Antonio Hurtado was shot to death Monday, April 25, while riding a bus in Ilopango, El Salvador, El Mundo reports.

Venezuela deports Colombian journalist for alleged FARC ties

Journalist Joaquín Pérez Becerra arrived in Bogotá April 25 after being extradited by Venezuela for being “the head of the international front of the FARC in Europe,” referring to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla group, CNN and El Espectador report.

Brazilian senator takes journalist's tape recorder, erases audio

Senator Roberto Requião (PMDB) forcefully took Radio Bandeirantes reporter Victor Boyadjian’s tape recorder after being asked about his $15,000 a month pension, O Globo reports. He receives the pension as the former governor of Paraná, a post from which he resigned to run for the Senate.