Argentine government doubles ad spending in 2009

Keeping with recent trends, the federal government increased its spending on advertising from $100 million in 2008 to $210 million in 2009, a pivotal election year for the ruling party, La Nación reports.

Brazilian media organizations mull self-regulation

The industry groups for Brazil's biggest media outlets are considering creating a code of conduct to regulate journalism practices, Folha de S. Paulo (gated) reports.

Senators urge overhaul, or end, of U.S. broadcasts to Cuba

The U.S. government’s Radio and TV Martí broadcasts to Cuba reach fewer than 2 percent of people on the island, suffer from poor editorial standards, and have failed to make a meaningful influence on Cuban society, a U.S. Senate Committee reports (PDF) this week. See reports by AFP, the Miami Herald, Washington Post and Inter Press Service.

IAPA pushes for Brazil to solve two longstanding journalist killings

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has presented formal charges to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, regarding two Brazilian journalists whose alleged killers remain unpunished, IAPA reports.

Chilean journalist Mónica González receives UN prize, seeks solidarity for Latin American journalists

Veteran journalist Mónica González Mujica received the 2010 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia. In her acceptance remarks before 300 people she recognized her colleagues throughout Latin America and sought support for the region punished by killings, organized crime, self-censorship, and silence, EFE reports in Spanish. See other stories in English and Spanish.

Cries of censorship lead Brazil to alter internet bill

A draft law that establishes internet rights and responsibilities for citizens, business, and the government has received hundreds of responses since the online comment period began last month. Responding to critics, the Justice Ministry has eliminated language that some claimed would effectively force web site hosts—including media outlets—to remove content immediately after private, non-judicial complaints.

Police officers accused of attacking Colombian journalists covering a march

Police authorities say they'll investigate charges that members of an anti-riot squad in Cali (western Colombia), beat reporters and photographers who were covering a Labor Day protest, RCN radio reports.

Honduran government denies existence of attack group targeting journalists; death threats continue

Public Security Minister Óscar Alvarez rejected the claims made by Amnesty International and other non-governmental organizations that point to the existence of an organized group that seeks to silence the Honduran press, Spain's El Mundo reports, with information from news agencies.

On World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO urges governments to pass information access laws

Journalists and organizations throughout the world marked World Press Freedom Day Monday (May 3). UNESCO's conference in Australia about defending access to information ended with auma declaration asking countries to enact laws "guaranteeing the right to information in accordance with the internationally-recognized principle of maximum disclosure." See more information about the day's events.

Police investigate killing of journalist in Bogotá, Colombia; robbery suspected

Óscar Rubio Cárdenas, 75, was killed in his apartment in Bogotá, apparently by two people who attempted to rob him, EFE reports.

Argentina's Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo accuse journalists in mock trial

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an association of women who lost their children during the dictatorship (1976-1983), held a mock trial for journalists and media that they believe were complicit with the military regime, the Buenos Aires Herald and Associated Press report.

Journalists analyze digital journalism trends and challenges at 3rd Ibero-American Colloquium

Scholars, journalists and media executives from 12 countries shared experiences about online journalism that are particular to Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The Third Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism took place in Austin on April 25, 2010.