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Gawker's mole at Fox News outed, fired

Fed up with Fox News' "non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on," an employee for the conservative network decided to go rogue and act as a "mole" inside Fox for the Gawker news site, according to Mediaite. Read more »

Mexican farmers take three journalists hostage in order to negotiate with local authorities

A group of Mexican farmers held three journalists hostage and threatened to burn them alive in hopes of receiving financial aid from authorities in the state of Campeche, the newspaper Milenio reported. Read more »

Ecuadorian parliament refuses to archive controversial media regulation bill; postpones vote

After refusing to archive the controversial media regulation bill, the National Assembly of Ecuador decided to postpone the vote on the proposal and decided that it will instead vote article by article, the news agency EFE reported on Wednesday, April 11. Read more »

Debate on drug legalization hits mainstream press in newspapers throughout the Americas

With Mexico and Central America suffering record levels of violence -- mostly due to escalated drug trafficking -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina intends to raise the controversial issue of drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14-15. As an analysis by three former presidents from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico noted, 40 years of concentrated drug-fighting efforts have done nothing to reduce ever-increasing drug production and use, making it time for the region to take a new approach, according to an article published in news outlets throughout the region, including The Huffington Post. Read more »

Judicial "ploy" could force Brazilian journalist to pay senator for moral damages

Brazilian journalist José Marcondes reported an alleged court ploy in Cuiabá, capital of the state of Mato Grosso, that accuses him of rebelliousness and sentences him to pay a fee for moral damages in two cases filed against him by senator Pedro Taques, reported the web site Mídia Jur, on Monday, April 9. Read more »

Puerto Rican Supreme Court allows cameras in courtroom for first time

The Puerto Rican Supreme Court has passed a resolution that will allow the admittance of journalists and photographers to a hearing this Wednesday, April 11, examining the country's primary elections, reported the newspaper Primera Hora. Read more »

Paraguayan journalist announces bid for presidency in 2013 elections

On Monday, April 9, a known Paraguayan journalist announced his run for presidency for the 2013 elections, confirming that he would leave his 30-year journalistic career behind, reported the Paraguayan News Portal. Read more »

Growth in popularity of handheld devices leads to growth in readership

With the recent increase in popularity of mobile technology, the percentage of people getting their news from mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, and e-readers, is also on a steady incline. Consequently, not only is the number of readers using these devices as gateways for daily news increasing, but also the percentage of news circulation, overall, is on the rise, according to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project released April 5. Read more »

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