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Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas – President of Ecuador seeks $80 millon in damages from newspaper

Date: Apr 1, 2011

Ecuador President Rafael Correa filed a complaint against newspaper editors and the writer who published an editorial that was critical of the administration. They face $80 million in damages and three years in prison:

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, asked for $80 million in damages from the newspaper El Universo, in a complaint filed for alleged libel, El Universo reported.

Filed under his personal capacity and not as a ruler, the complaint also calls for three years in prison for the newspaper’s editors and the editorial writer Emilio Palacio, author of the opinion piece that upset the president, the newspaper explained.

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