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The Ecuador Lawsuit. – Ecuador: indigenous leader sentenced to prison for “defamation”

Date: Nov 28, 2011

Freedom of speech issues continue to be a point of contention in Ecuador:

Monica Chuji, Ecuador’s former communications minister under President Rafael Correa and well-known indigenous activist, was on Nov. 25 sentenced to one year in prison and a ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for “defamation” of Correa’s Minister of Public Administration, Vinicio Alvarado. However, after the sentence was imposed by the court at Pichincha penitentiary, Alvarado exercised his prerogative to pardon Chuji—an implicit admission that the move would have broken the remaining ties between Correa and the country’s powerful indigenous movement.

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