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Committee to Protect Journalists – Ecuadoran president sues critical news daily for defamation

More coverage of the legal complaint filed by Ecuador President Rafael Correa against a newspaper for printing an editorial piece. Individuals at the newspaper face jail time and large fines. According to this article, critics say that President Correa voluntarily submitted himself to public criticism and scrutiny when he chose to run for office:

“When Rafael Correa entered political life, he voluntarily chose to subject himself to public scrutiny and criticism,” said Carlos Lauría, CPJ’s senior Americas program coordinator. “It’s outrageous that as president he would put his own reputation ahead of the national interest of ensuring a robust public debate. We call on President Correa not only to drop the defamation suit but also work with Congress to repeal criminal insult laws that contradict international standards on freedom of expression.”

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#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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