Attack against community radio station in southern Colombia thwarted

Colombian police de-activated a bomb alleged FARC guerrillas left outside Linda Estéreo, a community radio station in the town of El Doncello, Caquetá, reported EFE and RCN Radio.

Bullet-proof vests offered to protect Mexican journalists

The Mexican press has become a target for drug-related violence, prompting a company to promote its bullet-proof vests as a way of protecting members of the media, according to Clarín and news agencies.

Chilean journalists guild condemns media's "silence" on indigenous group's hunger strike

The president of the Chilean journalists guild, Rodrigo Miranda, criticized the country's mainstream media for ignoring the hunger strike, that began July 12, by 32 indigenous Mapuches imprisoned in southern Chile, reported BBC Mundo.

Newspapers dispute Argentine government's accusations about illegal purchase of newsprint mill

One day after Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, announced legal proceedings against newspapers Clarín and La Nación for illegally appropriating newsprint company Papel Prensa during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), both newspapers and the government are locked in debate filled with contradicting claims about the purchase of the company back in 1976.

Brazilian Supreme Court allows political humor during elections

Ayres Britto, of Brazil's Federal Supreme Court, granted an injunction the evening of Thursday, Aug. 26, against enforcement of a law that censors humor during election campaigns in Brazil. Britto responded partially to a complaint of unconstitutionality, filed by the Brazilian Association of Radio and TV Stations (ABERT), questioning restrictions of the electoral code (Law 9.504/97).

Newspaper correspondent threatened on border between Paraguay and Brazil

Paraguayan journalist Rosendo Duarte, correspondent for the newspaper ABC in the city of Salto del Guairá, on the border with Brazil, was threatened during his radio program on Wednesday, Aug. 25, ABC reported.

Car bomb explodes in front of television station in northern Mexico

A car bomb exploded in the early hours Friday, Aug, 27, at the doors of Mexican T.V. network Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, reported CNN, El Universal and Milenio. The explosion caused damages to the building, taking the channel off the air, but hurting no one. Another bomb went off at the local transit authority, added the new agency EFE.

Brazilian journalist facing jail for offending candidate seeks habeas corpus

A journalist sentenced to prison, accused of slanderous propaganda and offending the honor of Osmar Calenge, a 2004 candidate for the City Council of Lagoa Santa, in Minas Gerais, entered a request for habeas corpus before the Federal Supreme Court, asking for the sentence to be dismissed, according to the court.

Brazilian Supreme Court to decide about restrictions on political humor during elections

The Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Stations (ABERT), has decided to go to the Federal Supreme Court over two sections of the Election Law: paragraphs forbidding jokes about politicians and the prevention of broadcasters from disseminating opinions about party candidates during campaigns.

Guatemalan reporter unharmed in new shooting attack on house

Police found 27 bullet casings outside the home of Edín Maas Bol, whose family of reporters in the central Guatemalan city of Cobán, Alta Verapaz, have suffered three previous attacks, including the killing of his brother, reported Prensa Libre and Cobán Noticioso.

Robbery, arson force Argentine radio station off the air

Radio station FM Cerrillos, out of San José de Cerrillos in the province of Salta in Argentina, is off the air after its transmission equipment was stolen, and a fire was started that left one person injured, reported La Hora de Jujuy and Noticias Iruya.

Guatemalan court rejects vice president's defamation claim against columnist

The vice president of Guatemala, Rafael Espada, tried to sue Marta Yolanda Díaz-Durán for libel, insult and defamation after she wrote a column published a year ago in the newspaper Siglo Veintiuno, but the Constitutional Court this week dismissed the complaint on the grounds that the journalist only expressed her opinion in the media, reported Cerigua.