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Panama expels Spanish journalists after environmental protest

Spanish journalists Francisco Gómez Nadal and Pilar Chato agreed to leave Panama after their arrest during a protest by indigenous groups against mining reforms.

Newspaper intern threatened in Venezuela

An intern at the newspaper El Carabobeño received death threats from two individuals after covering a strike at a food factory in the city of Guacara, in the state of Carabobo, in central Venezuela, reported the Press and Society Institute (IPYS).

Panama expels Spanish journalists after environmental protest

Spanish journalists Francisco Gómez Nadal and Pilar Chato agreed to leave Panama after their arrest during a protest by indigenous groups against mining reforms.

Brazilian government considers changes to media laws

Brazil’s Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo says he wants to “comb through” the omnibus bill dealing telecommunications and broadcast regulation, O Estado de S. Paulo reports. The goal is to clarify the languages and provisions in the controversial bill that was initially proposed by Bernardo’s predecessor, Franklin Martins.

Venezuelan journalist shot to death in crossfire

Journalist Clara Fernández died after being shot in the head on Feb. 23 in the northern city of Valencia, Canal de Noticia reports.

Cuba reveals that dissident journalist in fact was government agent

Cuban television revealed on Saturday, Feb. 26, that an ardent anti-Castro, independent journalist is actually a State agent, according to the news agency DPA.

One wounded in attack on truck carrying media workers in Mexico

Attackers fired on a truck carrying an Associated Press correspondent and a publicist for Radio Fórmula in the city of Cuernavaca, a favorite vacation destination for Mexico City residents that has become prime ground for battles between rival drug gangs, El Universal and Radio Fórmula report.

Spanish reporter arrested in Panama at environmental protest

The Spanish journalist Francisco Gómez Nadal was arrested in Panama City while covering a demonstration organized by indigenous groups protesting mining reforms they believe would harm the environment, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.

Ex-city councilman sentenced for harassing Brazilian journalist

Lourival Rodrigues Moraes, a former city councilman of Pontes e Lacerda, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, was sentenced to one year in prison for threatening a journalist last June, according to TV Centro América.

Judge rules in favor of journalist accused of libel by ex-President of Colombia

A judge absolved Colombian journalist Claudia López of libel, after accusations leveled against her by ex-President Ernesto Samper (1994-98) prompted by a column in which she suggested Samper was involved in a pair of homicides, reported RCN Radio.

2010 press freedom report highlights setbacks and dangers for journalists

2010 was a year plagued by setbacks for press freedom and threats to journalists worldwide, according to Reporters without Borders’ (RSF) Spanish-language report titled “Freedom of the Press Report Worldwide in 2010.”

Cuban journalist released from prison can remain on island

Cuban dissident journalist Iván Hernández was freed from prison Saturday, Feb. 18, after spending eight years in jail. His release comes in the latest round of political prisoners being freed, which started earlier this month.