Bloggers celebrate as Cuba unblocks their sites

The Cuban government has lifted access restrictions on the more than 40 of the country’s dissent bloggers’ websites, continuing the apparent drawdown in attacks against the opposition, which included the release of political prisoners last year, the Miami Herald reports.

Pamphlet puts bounty on Colombian journalists

Ten people in Colombia, including three journalists, have been threatened in a pamphlet allegedly signed by the paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, according to the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FLIP in Spanish), which condemned the death threats.

After dramatic spike in attacks on media, Colombia strengthens crimes against journalists unit

Seven journalists were killed in Colombia in 2010, and total attacks on the media were almost double the number that occurred over the previous four years combined, says the annual report of the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper).

Mexican journalist says government pressure led to controversial firing

Award-winning journalist Carmen Aristegui accused the Mexican government of pushing for her dismissal after she asked President Felipe Calderón to clarify whether he had alcohol problems, BBC reports.

Uruguayan journalist harassed online for investigating dictatorship-era crimes

A journalist investigating human rights violations committed during the Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985) received a “veiled threat” Feb. 7, when his personal information was published on Facebook, La República reports.

Haitian journalist shot dead during attempted robbery

Haitian journalist Jean Richard Louis Charles was shot to death on the street in the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince, The Associated Press reports.

Environmental reporter’s firing sparks protests from colleagues in Brazil

Journalists from A Tarde, one of the most important newspapers in the northeastern state of Bahia, went on strike to protest the firing of reporter Aguirre Peixoto, UOL Notícias reports.

Knight Center founder to be honored at investigative journalism conference in Brazil

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas founder Rosental Calmon Alves will be recognized for his academic and journalistic contributions at the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association's (ABRAJI) sixth annual International Investigative Journalism Congress in July.

Venezuela says private interests still dominate the media

The Venezuelan government said the private sector continues to control media in the country, El Universal reports, in spite of its efforts to restrict print, broadcast, and digital content.

El Universal leads Mexican newspapers in Twitter followers

When it comes to Twitter followers of Mexican newspapers, El Universal is the top bird with nearly half a million followers. Coming in at a distant second and third are Milenio and Reforma, with 148,077 and 101,567 followers, respectively.

Top Brazilian dailies to charge for iPad editions

Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo, and O Globo announced plans to start charging for their iPad apps, Macworld Brasil reports.

New Brazilian president’s column debuts in 170 newspapers

President Dilma Rousseff’s new column, “Conversation with the president,” debuted in 170 newspapers nationwide on Feb. 8. In her first article, she discussed support for families of Brazilian soldiers stationed in Haiti, privatizing mail services, and anti-hunger programs, Estado de S. Paulo explains.