Brazil’s Nat'l. Archive keeps documents from journalists during election campaign

Claiming that “journalists were misusing documents and seeking data about candidates involved in the electoral campaign,” the National Archive denied researchers access to files, during recent campaigns, about the dictatorship (1964-1985), O Globo reports.

Peruvian journalists condemn blogger’s defamation conviction

A Peruvian court has sentenced journalist José Alejandro Godoy, the head of the blog Desde el Tercer Piso (From the Third Floor), to three years in prison, a fine of $107,000, and 120 days of social work for “aggravated defamation” against former minister and congressman Jorge Mufarech, El Comercio reports.

Brazil’s future president Dilma Rousseff promises press freedom

In her acceptance speech in Brasília, President-elect Dilma Rousseff highlighted the role of the press and promised that her future government would guarantee freedom of expression.

MSNBC, La Nación, take top honors at 2010 Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association (ONA) on Saturday, Oct. 30, announced the 2010 winners of the Online Journalism Awards.

Third journalist in 15 days is killed in Brazil

Newspaper editor José Rubem Pontes de Souza, was shot to death early Saturday in front of a bar in Paraíba do Sul, in Rio de Janeiro state, O Globo newspaper reports. The other two Brazilian colleagues shot to death in 15 days are Wanderlei dos Reis in São Paulo state, and Francisco Gomes de Medeiros, whose killing in Rio Grande do Norte has been linked to his work as an investigative reporter.

Politicians, media duking it out in U.S. election campaigns

U.S. voters head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 2 , 2010, for mid-term elections, after what has been a campaign season "rife with hostile and downright bizarre encounters between candidates and the news media," according to The New York Times.

Indigenous activist and media worker killed in Colombia

Rodolfo Maya Aricape, a renowned leader in the indigenous movement of Caloto (in the department, or state, of Cauca), was shot to death when two armed individuals broke into his home on Oct. 14, 2010, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).

Mexican journalist reports harassment and threats from police

Félix García, a correspondent for several online media outlets and Radio ORO in the southern state of Oaxaca, has reported being attacked by alleged members of the state’s investigative police force, El Universal reports.

Colombian press freedom organization, Mexican weekly honored for distinguished service in journalism

The Foundation for the Freedom of the Press in Colombia and the weekly newspaper ZETA in Tijuana, Mexico, were honored Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, for being two recipients of this year's Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, reported the Associated Press.

Media enters Brazil's presidential election duel

In a contentious environment heading into the second round of presidential elections taking place Oct. 31, several media outlets have entered the battle.

Stock prices in newspaper company Clarín rally after death of Argentina's ex-president Kirchner

One day after the sudden death of former Argentine president Nestor Kircher, the stock of the country's largest media conglomerate, the Clarín Group, jumped an unusual 34 percent in Buenos Aires, reported Reuters. The Buenos Aires stock market was closed yesterday for a national holiday.

Police to bring in Brazilian editor to discuss invasion of privacy charge

The police have indicted journalist Amaury Ribeiro Júnior for violating the financial privacy of opposition candidate José Serra and are asking his former editor Josemar Gimenez to discuss the case, Terra reports.