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Bloomberg – Ecuador Judge Orders Prison, Fine for Owners of El Universo

Date: Jul 21, 2011

More coverage of the court ruling against an Ecuadorian newspaper that has been critical of the administration of President Rafael Correa:

An Ecuadorean judge sentenced the owners of El Universo, the nation’s biggest newspaper, and a former editor at the publication to three years in prison and a $40 million fine for libel against President Rafael Correa, the government said yesterday.

Nicholas, Cesar and Carlos Perez, whose family owns Guayaquil-based El Universo, and Emilio Palacio, the former editor of the newspaper’s opinion section, must pay Correa $30 million for a February opinion piece written by Palacio, the government said yesterday in a statement in the presidential gazette.

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