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Topic “laws and legislation”

Bolivian government accuses two newspapers of "inciting racism"

Two newspapers and a news agency in Bolivia face charges of "diffusion and incitement of racism or discrimination." The news agency claims it only reported what President Evo Morales said in a speech, reported the newspaper La Razón. Read more »

Media's criticisms of national oil company prompt Argentine president to call for "ethics law" for journalists

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner proposed an ethics law for journalists during a speech at the energy company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF in Spanish), claiming that the media were "mounting a campaign to tarnish the image" of the Read more »

Constitutional amendment to require degree to practice journalism moves forward in Brazil after Senate vote

Degree requirements to practice journalism in Brazil could be about to make a comeback. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Senate approved a bill to amend the Constitution that would reestablish degree requirements for journalists after the Federal Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional in 2009, reported the website Terra. Read more »

Advocates argue information crimes bills threaten freedom of expression in Peru

Troubled by the introduction of bills that would create information crimes in Peru, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish) and several other international organizations penned an open letter to the Peruvian Congress regarding the right to freedom of information, reported the newspaper Perú21 on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Read more »

Brazilian community radios demand decriminalization of low-power stations

Currently in Brazil there are more than 4,000 licensed active community radio stations. If non-authorized radio stations were included, this number would drastically increase. The process for granting broadcasting licenses, however, is slow: in some cases, it can take 10 years to get a broadcast license. Read more »

Bolivian journalists attacked while covering police conflicts

Guest post by Carlos Soria Galvarro, associate director for Radio Sur Agricultura and member of the national table of AMARC-Bolivia

A total of 15 attacks against Bolivian journalists and cameramen working for both public and private news media were registered during the police conflict that happened from June 21-26. Read more »

Ecuadorian government once again criticized for attempting to regulate journalism

The government of Ecuador has received various criticisms in the last few days due to what Reporters Without Borders has called an excess of presidential attacks on opposition journalists for closing several media outlets, and for the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to lift the temporary suspension of the application of the so-called Code of Democracy, which means that the restrictions on press coverage of election campaigns are now in effect, the news agency EFE reported. Read more »


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