The Economist has a report on Media freedom in Latin America
Shooting the messenger
Threats from criminals and governments
The biggest threat now comes from organised crime, whose attacks against journalists often have the aim of inducing self-censorship. Mexico has become especially dangerous. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based organisation, at least 37 media workers have been killed or gone missing in Mexico since 2006. Most of the crimes have taken place along key drug-trafficking routes.
The second big threat to the media comes from governments. With the notable exception of the post-coup regime in Honduras last year, the principal offenders have been populist, left-wing elected leaders. When media outlets oppose such rulers they often face harassment.
Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina are the main offenders. Go read the whole report.
There will be no Carnival of Latin America for the next three Mondays.