Riots rocked the Chilean capital city of Santiago as protesters demanded justice for slain reporter Francisca Sandoval, who died recently after being fatally shot while covering the May 1 Labor Day demonstrations.
South American countries have not rated very well in the latest edition of the World Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders, RSF, which assesses the state of journalism in 180 countries and territories. Half of the countries are in the upper half of the 180 list, while the rest in the lower half; among the first are Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, while Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela among the worst. To have an idea UK rates 24 and the US 42.
Haiti's crisis includes the murder of 19 journalists since 2000, three of them this year, according to the United Nations Integrated Office, which has also called for local authorities to act accordingly since these crimes systematically remain unpunished.
The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) Wednesday expressed its support for Cuban journalist Claudia Montero, who has been accused by the Government of President Miguel Díaz-Canel of causing public disorder.
The Washington DC-based Human Rights Watch organization Wednesday said Peru's President Pedro Castillo Terrones undermined freedom of expression after the head of state threatened to withdraw all state advertising from media outlets.
The European Union seems determined not to let Sunday's incident at Minsk airport go by and is pressing for harsh sanctions against the regime of Belarussian leader Aleksander Lukashenko, starting with a ban on all Belarussian aircraft to fly through EU skies.
With no South American country among the top 12, the Non-Government Organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF - the acronym for Reporters sans frontières) Monday lowered Brazil's freedom of the press rankings to 111th, thus placing it within the red zone.
Chinese regulators have accused the UK's global broadcaster of breaking China's media code. The move follows the decision by UK authorities to revoke the license for China's global state TV network CGTN.
A Chinese court handed a four-year jail term on Monday to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year's coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said.
Brazil's four largest news media outlets said they have withdrawn their reporters from coverage of President Jair Bolsonaro's official residence due to the lack of security to protect them from heckling and abuse by his supporters.