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

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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