Claiming that "narco-novelas" hurt the social and psychological well-being of children and adolescents, Venezuela's Nacional Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has forbidden television stations from airing two telenovelas, or soap operas, whose main protagonists are drug dealers, reported El Universal and BBC Mundo.
Rodolfo Maya Aricape, a renowned leader in the indigenous movement of Caloto (in the department, or state, of Cauca), was shot to death when two armed individuals broke into his home on Oct. 14, 2010, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).
Journalist Paulo Beringhs, host of a news program on the TV Brasil Central channel, funded by the government of Goiás state, declared live that his station received orders not to interview the opposition candidate for governor, Marconi Perillo, Portal Imprensa reports.
Katherine Izaguirre, a journalist for the Honduran station Globo TV, said several armed individuals kidnapped her for two hours, threatened her, and then stole her camera, El Tiempo reports.
Several press freedom organizations have accused the Chiapas state government of violating human rights and freedom of expression in their violent shutdown of the Proletaria community radio station on Oct. 12. The station is run mainly by neighborhood youths in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico's Center for Social Communication (CENCOS) Reports (via IFEX).
Giant Mexican media company Televisa is making in-roads in the U.S. television market, investing $1.2 billion in debt-ridden Univision Communications Inc., according to Bloomberg. The initial investment gives Televisa a 5 percent stake in Univision, growing to as much as 40 percent eventually.
A grenade exploded Saturday, Sept. 25, at the radio station Olimpica Stereo, in the city of Villavicencio. No one was injured, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).
Carlos García-Pérez, member of the influential National Cuban American Foundation (FNCA), on Wednesday, Sept. 22, was confirmed as head of Radio and TV Martí, stations financed by the U.S. government to counteract the censorship in Cuba.
Argentina's consumer defense office issued a $1.25 million fine to Cablevisión, the Internet provider of the media company Grupo Clarín, accusing the company of selling Internet access with an expired license from Fibertel, reported El Siglo de Tucumán.
Two individuals set on fire the motorcycle of journalist Alberto Caballero Parejo, owner of the community radio station Innovación Estéreo (Innovation Stereo) in Ciéanaga, reported El Informador. Neighbors warned the journalist and helped him to put out the fire.