JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: Supreme Court


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. read more »

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 se read more »

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. read more »

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» Operation gag (opinion) (Prensa Libre)
» Now we are less free than before (opinion) (Siglo Veintiuno)

An impending ruling from the Salvadoran Supreme Court has created uncertainty and concern among journalists in the country, and sparked a debate on the limits of freedom of expression, reported El Salvador and El Faro. read more »

Luis Valdez Villacorta, acquitted in February because of a lack of evidence for the killing of Alberto Rivera, was released from prison in Lima, where he had been incarcerated for 21 months, in order to wait for another trial while under house arrest, reported EFE and La República. read more »

Venezuela's Supreme Court emphasized one more time that freedom of expression is not an absolute right, and established various limitations to access to governmental information, reported El Tiempo. read more »

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» Information access limits questioned (El Universal)
» Globovisión chief campaigning against Chavez (El Nuevo Herald)

The President of the Supreme Court, Manuel Martínez, said the Court maintains 130 radio, TV and print journalists on its payroll so they will report on the activities of the Judicial System, La Prensa reports.

The acknowledgment came after La Prensa asked Martínez about some alleged "phantom payrolls" of the Supreme Court, the newspaper says. read more »