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Vendors block distribution of two newspapers in Argentina

The distribution of the newspapers Clarín and La Nación were blocked in Buenos Aires, Argentina by members of the Newspaper and Magazine Vendors Union in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 29, reported Clarín. Around 100 activists piled tires in the street to block the exit of trucks from the printing press factories, the newspaper added. Read more »

Hurricane Sandy coverage illustrates creative emergency reporting

While residents of the United States’ East Coast hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday Oct. 29, they had plenty of online coverage to follow, reported Poynter. Besides maps and online video coverage, the storm prompted newspapers along the eastern seaboard to pull down their paywalls and open access to storm coverage, the website reported. Read more »

Mayor in Honduras orders the closure of cable channel and impedes newspaper circulation

A mayor in Honduras ordered the closure of a television channel and interfered with the distribution of the newspaper El Heraldo, reported the publication.

Roosevelt Avilez, mayor of the city of Talanga, in the center of the country, was accused of buying up copies of the national newspaper El Heraldo that reported the closure of the cable television station Telecentro to keep them off newsstands on Oct. 16, and Oct. 17. Read more »

Ecuador facing "press freedom crisis," says IPI

"Ecuador is in the midst of a press freedom crisis," International Press Institute (IPI) Deputy Director Anthony Mills said on Tuesday, Oct. 23, on the group's website. Mills' words were part of a press release announcing the final report of IPI's press freedom mission to the Andean country from May 7 to 11. Read more »

Police detain photographer, erase his pictures of explosion aftermath in Colombia

Police detained a photographer for an hour and a half in Colombia on Sunday, Oct. 7, reported the newspaper Vanguardia Liberal. While in custody, the photographer was forced to erase pictures he took while covering a bomb explosion in a city park in Bucaramanga, Santander. Read more »

Interview attempt lands Argentine journalist behind bars

A journalist was placed in solitary confinement for five hours after trying to interview an official in the city of Saavedra, Buenos Aires, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). Read more »

Officials complain journalist's questions too "uncomfortable" for presidential roundtable in Ecuador

An Ecuadorian journalist was denied entrance into a press meeting with the country's President, Rafael Correa, at the Teleradio Noticias station after the Secretary of Communication complained that his questions could make some officials uncomfortable, reported Fundamedios. Read more »

President of Argentina says there is no "independent and objective press" in her country

During an address to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told the audience "there is no independent and objective press" in Argentina, according to Multimedios Prisma. The president's comments came in response to a student who asked why she was willing to speak to students but not the press in her own country. Read more »

Radio reporter threatened in Ecuador, the second in as many weeks

The newspaper El Comercio reported a new case of threats against a journalist in Ecuador on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Reporter and director of the radio magazine Democracia, Gonzalo Rosero, claimed he has been receiving threats for six months but their frequency increased during the last five weeks, according to the newspaper. Read more »