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Edmonton Journal – Ecuador dismisses arbitration in dispute

Date: Sep 23, 2011

Latest development in the case against the owners and former editor of the country’s largest newspaper who were initially sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $40 million in fines for libel against President Rafael Correa:

Ecuador’s foreign minister dismissed as “nonsense” Thursday a call for international arbitration after a court upheld prison sentences and a $40 million fine against a local newspaper for libelling the country’s president.

The ruling against El Universo, which is based in Guayaquil, drew wide condemnation among press groups and human rights organizations as a blow to free expression in Ecuador whose President Rafael Correa brought the libel suit.

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