Constitutional Court prohibits Peruvian media from using secretly recorded phone calls

In a ruling referring to the so-called “petro-audio”, the Constitutional Court of Peru said newspapers, radios and television stations cannot make public recordings of phone calls that were illegally obtained, reported El Comercio.

Brazil readies bill to regulate radio and TV content

The Brazilian government is preparing the first version of a bill to establish a new regulatory framework for telecommunications, which includes a new National Communications Agency (Agência Nacional de Comunicação – ANC) with the power to regulate radio and TV content, Folha de S. Paulo reports.

Venezuela takes over 20 percent of opposition network Globovisión

At least a fifth of Globovisión - a channel that is critical of President Hugo Chávez’s administration - is now the hands of the government after Venezuela took over a financial company with a significant stake in the network, Bloomberg reports.

Bolivia rejects petition to reform anti-racism law

The Bolivian government has rejected a proposal to modify two controversial parts of the recently passed anti-racism law that critics say violate freedom of expression, Los Tiempos reports. The petition was written by four press groups who gathered at least 32,000 signatures in support of reforming the law.

Uruguayan president says he would trash any law proposing to regulate the press

Uruguay's president, José Mujica, said he is tired of being asked about the possibility of a potential law regulating the press. In an interivew published by the Argentine newspaper La Nación, the president said he had not received any proposals for such a law, and that if he did, he would throw them in the trash.

Brazilian police say drug dealer ordered journalist’s killing from prison

Police in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte claim that a convicted drug trafficker ordered the killing of radio journalist Francisco Gomes de Medeiros from prison, El Diário de Natal reports.

Sports reporter kidnapped while investigating identity theft in Ecuador

Guido Manolo Campaña, a sports correspondent for El Universo newspaper, was beaten and held for seven hours while investigating a soccer player's alleged identity theft, his newspaper reports.

Brazil’s Lula rails against media monopoly to community radio reps

Shortly after blasting the traditional media in his first exclusive interview with bloggers, outgoing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva repeated his critique in an exclusive interview with a collective of ten community radio stations.

Mexican journalist says gov’t officials are targeting her life

Anabel Hernández is pressing charges against Security Minister Genaro García Luna and one of his assistants, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, for an alleged plot to kill her, AFP and EFE report.

Colombian journalist working for mayor's office disciplined for comments posted on Facebook

Edwin Echeverry, part of the communications team for the mayor's office of Medellín is being "tormented" for criticizing on his personal Facebook page the costs of a fireworks spectacular planned to celebrate the bicentennial, according to the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper).

Salvadoran Congress approves public information access law

After 17 months of debate, the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador approved a law requiring state institutions to make information available to the public, reported El Faro. The law still must be signed by President Mauricio Funes.

Colombia's spying against journalists is detailed in new report

Colombia's Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) has released its report “Espionage against journalists" about the campaign by Colombia's intelligence service to smear and spy on several reporters. The report compiles the major breakthroughs on investigations about the case.