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U.S. broadcast profanity ban thrown out for being unconstitutional

In a so-called win for television and radio broadcasters, a U.S. federal court ruled Tuesday, July 13, that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) indecency rules that regulate swearing and offensive references to sex and excrement are too vague and violate the First Amendment, the Washington Post reported. Read more »

Political struggle keeps communication bill in Ecuador in limbo

Ecuador's communication bill has entered, in theory, the final stretch, but ruling and opposition forces remain at odds, divided over the proposal's future, reported El Comercio. Read more »

Bolivia's new electoral law criticized for restricting freedom of expression

President Evo Morales enacted an electoral law that is drawing criticism from the opposition and the press for being a gag for the media during election times, reported La Razón.

The new rule applies to elections, referendums and local propositions; limits the publication of surveys/polls; and prohibits the dissemination of partial election results, explained the agency DPA. Read more »

Lawmakers look to toughen Ecuador's media bill

There are several new updates in the political process surrounding Ecuador’s polemic Communications Law:

The deadline for a final version of the bill has been extended to July 2nd, giving legislators 12 days to add or remove provisions, Hoy reports. Read more »

Chávez says web sites to be investigated for currency speculation

As part of an offensive against the black market for dollars, President Hugo Chávez urged supporters to use Twitter to blow the whistle on currency speculators and warned that illegal trading sites could be shut down the Associated Press reports. Read more »

Canada’s journalists can’t always protect sources, Supreme Court rules

Journalists in Canada have no constitutional right to guarantee their sources' confidentiality, the nation’s highest court ruled. In a landmark decision, the court ruled 8-1 that journalists can offer sources protection, but if prosecutors later demand to know the identity of those sources, the courts will decide the merits of those promises on a case-by-case basis, Reuters reports.

"No journalist can give a secret source an absolute assurance of confidentiality," the judges ruled Friday. Read more »

Argentines march to apply stalled media law

Representatives of social movements and political and human rights organizations protested in Buenos Aires this week in defense of the broadcast reform law that was passed last October but suspended due to a court ruling in March, La Nación and EFE reported. Read more »

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies approves bill granting access to public information

The Chamber of Deputies approved a bill this week that would make public information accessible to citizens. The text now passes to the Senate. Read more »

Mexico considers regulating Twitter, raising freedom concerns

Twitter users in Mexico City have angered authorities by tweeting the locations of roadside Breathalyzer checkpoints, and kidnappers and drug traffickers are using Facebook and MySpace to communicate. Federal lawmakers have responded by proposing a bill to restrict social networking sites and to create a police force to monitor them, GlobalPost reports. Read more »


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