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U.S. courts throw out defamation cases against journalists, TV station

In Latin America, media outlets and journalists are often targeted with libel suits that ultimately end in extensive fines and jail. As recent court decisions indicate, in the U.S. Read more »

Citizen tries to sue Ecuador's president for libel, Congress rejects his petition

As tempers simmered over the sentencing of newspaper employees for defaming Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, one citizen decided to file a similar lawsuit. But this time it was against President Correa for comments the head of state made about him, Hoy reports. Executives and a columnist of El Universo were sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $40 million in damages to the president. Read more »

Court stays libel case against president of Panamanian journalism union

A court temporarily stayed a libel and slander case against Grisel Bethancourt, the president of Panama's National Journalism Guild (CONAPE), over an article with judicial information about the slaying of a girl, TVN News reported. Read more »

Peruvian Congress passes bill eliminating prison for libel convictions

Peru’s Congress has passed a bill replacing prison time for defamation and libel offenses with fines and community service, Perú.com reports. The change was passed June 21, but it still needs the president’s signature to become law. Read more »

Journalists in Brazilian state say they are subject to harassment and censorship

On July 20, a group of journalists in the northeast Brazilian state of Paraíba sent an open letter to the state’s Brazilian Bar Association section (OAB/PB) and the Paraiba Press Association, in which they allege persecution and freedom of expression violations by regional authorities, Paraíba 1 reports. Read more »

RSF calls for reforms to help Paraguay’s press resist organized crime

While violence against the press in Paraguay is nowhere near the levels found in Mexico, Honduras, or Colombia, journalists in the country have little support and face daily risks, especially those in border regions controlled by international smuggling gangs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) writes in its report “Journalists alone facing trafficking." Read more »

Proposed Brazilian law would require insurance for journalists on risky assignments

A bill in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies would require media companies to provide life and disability insurance for journalists working in dangerous areas, Agência Câmara reports.

According to the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj), similar bills have been proposed, but none have passed. Read more »

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