Threats, bribes and other challenges of reporting on Guatemala's elections (Interview with Héctor Cordero)

Héctor Cordero, a correspondent for Guatevisión TV in the Guatemalan department (state) of Quiché, answered questions for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas about the difficulties of being a journalist and the importance of adhering to journalistic ethics during an election season. For example, members of the Patriotic Party's communications team attacked two Channel 2 journalists at a press conference in January. Cordero, also a member of GuateDigital, a network of journalists from the interior of t

ProPublica, NYT journalists among winners of ASNE best in journalism awards

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) has announced the winners of its 2011 awards for best U.S. journalism. The awards will be presented at the annual ASNE convention, April 6-9 in San Diego, Calif.

73% of Argentine journalists support controversial media law, survey finds

A new poll of Argentine journalists by Ibarómetro shows that 80 percent of those surveyed believe “there is freedom of expression” in the country, the state-run news agency Télam reports. 73 percent say they support a controversial media law that has stoked ongoing tensions and legal conflicts between the government and the country’s largest media companies.

Public pressure leads Brazilian paper to rehire journalist

In a small-scale mirror of a controversial firing, then rehiring in Mexico, the Brazilian newspaper A Tarde says it will rehire Aguirre Peixoto and annul the suspension it leveled against him, Portal Imprensa reports.

IAPA urges Honduran Supreme Court to rule on revoked TV frequency

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) called on Supreme Court to rule on the ownership and frequency concession of a local TV station, Canal 8, that was taken over by the government, El Heraldo reports.

New CPJ report highlights Latin America’s “return to censorship”

Episodes of press censorship in Latin America are at the highest levels since many countries began to return to democracy 30 years ago, writes Carlos Lauría, senior program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Lauría’s analysis of censorship in the continent was part of the CPJ’s annual report titled Attacks on the Press 2010.

House of Colombian journalist firebombed

Magangué Hoy reports that a homemade bomb was thrown at one of its journalist’s house in the northern Colombian city of Magangué. No one was injured in the attack.

New digital newspaper launches in the Dominican Republic

Six months after the online daily newspaper Clave Digital closed, the Dominican Republic has a new digital newspaper: Acento.

Three Mexican journalists wounded covering protests against president’s visit

Radio Rama journalist Gildardo Mota was shot in the leg while covering a confrontation between police and professors who were protesting Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to the southern city of Oaxaca, the Associated Press reports.

Controversy over firing leads Mexican radio station to rehire journalist

Award-winning Mexican radio host Carmen Aristegui will be back on the air by Feb. 21, MVS Radio announced, two weeks after having fired the journalist for commenting on allegations that President Felipe Calderón was an alcoholic, the BBC reports.

Nicaragua’s Supreme Court withdraws bill that criminalized “media violence”

After controversy sparked by a language in a bill that created crimes of “media violence," referring to content that disparages or satirizes women, the Supreme Court decided to withdraw the bill, barely more than a week after it was originally submitted to the National Assembly, EFE and La Prensa report.

Journalist’s firing sparks debate on censorship and media concentration in Mexico

The controversial decision to sack an award-winning Mexican radio host for commenting on allegations that President Felipe Calderón is an alcoholic has prompted protests and opened a debate on the relationship between concentrated media ownership and politically-motivated censorship.