The Ecuadorian blogger who coined the tag "30S" or "30-S" to follow tweets about the police protest on Sept. 30, 2010, came out against the government's attempt to trademark 30S, reported the newspapers El País and El Universo.
A TV news host in the Dominican Republic quit the station where he worked, live on the air, after station executives refused to air a video showing a politician's bodyguard shove a reporter, according to the newspaper Diario Libre.
In a landmark decision for the press, the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice ruled that a suspect's "presumed innocence" does not impede the press from reporting critical facts about the case.
On Dec. 11, the Venezuelan National Association of Journalists (CNP in Spanish) released a statement expressing concern over the $2 million fine the government levied against opposition television station Globovisión.
Deputies from the Argentine political party the Front for Victory approved a controversial bill declaring the production and importation of newsprint to be a "public interest," according to the newspaper La Nación.
Warning of a "progressive loss of fundamental rights" in Ecuador, the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations, during its half-yearly meeting Dec. 9 in Miami, issued a series of resolutions calling on the administration of President Rafael Correa to respect free speech and press freedom.
A Guatemalan sports reporter claimed that a member of the board of directors of the Cobán Imperial soccer team tried to prevent him from entering the stadium to cover a game.
The Council for the Protection of Children and Adolescents of Venezuela issued an order banning the newspaper Últimas Noticias and other media outlets from reporting on the murder of a 12-year-old boy.
On Dec. 9, Costa Rican courts opened an avenue to appeal criminal libel sentences thanks to an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) case involving a defamation charge against a journalist, reported AFP.
Relatives of Juan José Hernández Andrade, the Mexican reporter detained since Dec. 1, said that they managed to raise funds to pay bail to release the journalist so that Hernández could continue his legal battle in freedom.