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IPI condemns conviction of journalists in Ecuador on ‘moral harm’ charges

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemns this week’s conviction of two Ecuadorean journalists on charges of causing moral harm to President Rafael Correa. Christian Zurita and Juan Carlos Calderón were each ordered to pay US $1 million to the Ecuadorean leader, in addition to $100,000 to the president’s lawyers, because of their 2010 book “Big […]

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Organisation of American States adopts working group proposals

The Organisation of American States (OAS) Permanent Council yesterday adopted by consensus the proposals of a working group convened last June to strengthen the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). But included among the non-binding proposals were three recommendations that threaten the reach and independence of the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression—a key bulwark […]

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Proposals threaten OAS Special Rapporteurship

Over the past several years, a dire press-freedom situation has emerged in Latin America––now the most dangerous region in the world for journalists, with 105 media workers killed there since 2008, according to IPI’s Death Watch. In addition to the rising death toll, the number of death threats and instances of physical aggression against members […]

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Ecuador court imposes jail, fines for libel

The International Press Institute (IPI) today blasted an Ecuadorean court’s decision to jail a journalist and three executives of critical opposition daily El Universo for libelling President Rafael Correa, and to impose $40 million in fines against the defendants and the newspaper. A court in Guayaquil on Wednesday sentenced columnist Emilio Palacio and the three […]

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