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Journalists launch Brazil's first iPad-exclusive newspaper

Barely a month after the launch of The Daily, the first media outlet exclusively published on the iPad tablet device, Brasil 247 will be the first such publication in Brazil, Mac World Brasil reports. The media launched earlier this week and – unlike its U.S. counterpart – it is free.

Despite global newspaper crisis, circulation in Latin America increases

While traditional print media outlets in the U.S. and Europe are losing readers and revenue, Latin American newspapers are growing at a sustained pace and still have potential for further growth, says Christoph Riess, the executive director of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Mexican judges lift ban on controversial documentary

A panel of three Mexican judges lifted a ban on the film "Presumed Guilty," a widely popular yet controversial documentary that exposes faults in the country’s justice system, the BBC said last week.

OAS monitor concerned with gov’t attacks on press in Venezuela

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Organization of American States (OAS), Catalina Botero, said she was concerned with critics of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the press facing libel suits, license suspensions, and broad “stigmatization,” El Universal reports.

Study highlights profitability concerns for digital media in Latin America

Over the last decade, digital media has grown worldwide, and Latin America is no exception. Unfortunately,despite the presence of many creative and innovate projects, the global tendency towards reduced revenue for media companies continues to affect digital outlets, says a study organized by the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI), whose founder is Colombian Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Brazilian union to tour in support of degree requirement for journalists

Brazil’s National Journalism Union (Fenaj) is organizing a caravan to the capital of Brasilia to garner support for a constitutional amendment that would reestablish the requirement for a journalism degree for all members of the profession.

Brazilian reporter freed in Libya

Reporter Andrei Netto, Libya correspondent of O Estado de São Paulo newspaper, was freed by government forces Thursday after being held for eight days. He was expected to return soon to Paris, where he lives, Reuters reports.

Cuba frees last journalist arrested in 2003 Black Spring crackdown

Human rights organizations and freedom of expression groups celebrated Cuba’s release of one of the last jailed dissident journalists. Pedro Argüelles, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003, was freed last week, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.

Congress rejects presidential veto and ratifies bill restricting community radio stations in Paraguay

The Paraguayan Congress has ratified a controversial bill that imposes restrictions on community radio stations, rejecting President Fernando Lugo's veto, according to the news agency EFE.

Ecuadoran president intensifies criticism of the press amid increasing reports of censorship

The open tension between Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa and the press intensified in recent days amid accusations of corruption and conspiracy among the media and allegations of government censorship and freedom of expression violations, reported the local press.

Guest post: Low-cost citizen journalism project in Paraguay outs corruption, wins acclaim

Last year, ABC Digital - the online edition of ABC Color newspaper – developed a space for users to send their stories and photos, with allegations, announcements, claims, and complaints. Today, more than 25 stories are submitted by citizens daily. We have enough content to publish one an hour, and we have designed a “Positive Stories” section for readers to submit untold stories of courage, good deeds by the authorities, and acts of good citizenship.

11 gang members sentenced for killing photojournalist in El Salvador

A special court in San Salvador sentenced 11 of the 31 suspects charged in the 2009 killing of a photographer to between four and 30 years in prison, reported EFE and La Prensa Gráfica.