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Dow Jones – Ecuador President Rejects Newspaper’s Offer Of Correction

Date: Jul 20, 2011

Development in the $80 million libel suit that Ecuador President Rafael Correa filed against three individuals at El Universo:

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa rejected Tuesday an offer from El Universo newspaper to print a correction of a column published in February aimed at ending an $80 million lawsuit against it.

Correa filed the suit in March asking for $80 million in damages and jail time for the newspaper’s three executives and a columnist, alleging “defamatory libel” after Emilio Palacio, El Universo’s opinion page editor, in his column titled “No to lies” referred to Correa as “the dictator” and said the president had ordered security forces to open fire at a hospital in September 2010 during a police unrest.

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