World Cup coverage has been marked by discussions about more than just soccer games. In the United States, the extreme right declared war against the tournament, seeing it as a foreign ideology, alien to U.S. culture. In Brazil, the fights between the coach Dunga and journalists from Globo television have generated a wave of Internet campaigns against the station.
More than a dozen homemade banners disparaging Clarín editor Juan Cruz Sanz are appearing over streets in his hometown of Rio Gallegos, Clarín reports.
After already serving a six-month sentence, Ecuadorian journalist Fredi Aponte again is in court, this time for fraudulent bankruptcy, according to El Universo.
There are several new updates in the political process surrounding Ecuador’s polemic Communications Law:
Segundo Carrascal Carrasco, editor of the weekly Nor Oriente, was released by the Supreme Court of Lima, after spending more than five months in prison for defamation, Crónica Viva reports.
The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports that hackers attempted to sabotage the website of the director of the television program Contravía, Hollman Morris. (See more Knight Center stories about Morris here.) According to a technician's report, the attack used malicious code to link the website to pages associated with junk mail, which could lead the website to being blocked by search engines.
The government offensive against the channel Globovisión isn't stopping. The Venezuelan president warned he could expropriate the television station's shares, increasing pressure against the last opposition channel in the country, reported Reuters.
Violence against journalists in Honduras and Mexico and government actions against the media in Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia were discussed this week at a U.S. House panel on press freedom in the Americas, The Dallas Morning News and AFP report.
Guillermo Zuloaga, the fugitive owner of Venezuela's 24-hour news channel Globovisión, has accused President Hugo Chávez of ordering his arrest to silence his criticism of the government, Reuters reports.
Karol Cabrera, a controversial TV and radio host who defended the coup that forced out President Manuel Zelaya last June, won asylum for herself and her two children in Canada, El Tiempo and La Prensa report. (See this Miami Herald article in English.)