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Costa Rican court rules phone tapping of journalist was unconstitutional


Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has ruled that intelligence officials broke the law when they tapped into a journalist’s telephone line, the Tico Times reported. Read more »


Costa Rican newspaper accuses authorities of spying on reporter

Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra has accused the country’s judicial authorities of spying on one of its reporters. Freedom of expression organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) described the case as similar to Associated Press’ experience last year with the United States government. Read more »


Social media users push back after Costa Rican president announces Facebook defamation lawsuit


Nearly two months after Costa Rica hosted the United Nations World Press Freedom Day, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced that she would sue anyone who “defames” her on social media. The president’s lawsuit against a hotel owner who posted remarks about her on his personal Facebook page outraged social media users, who say it calls the country’s reputation for freedom of expression into question.  Read more »


Daily News Digest: Why did UNESCO host World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Costa Rica?

  • Why did UNESCO host World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Costa Rica? A look at the state of press freedom for the host of World Press Freedom Day celebrations. [IFEX]

Press organizations urge Obama to push for greater protections for journalists during his trip to Mexico, Costa Rica

On Thursday, May 2, the press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) published an open letter to United States President Barack Obama urging him to use his visit to Mexico this week, his first trip abroad during his second term, to strike a firm commitment to protect freedom of expression and end impunity for press crimes in the troubled country.  Read more »


Costa Rica's supreme court suspends information crimes law

Costa Rica’s highest court temporarily suspended the controversial Information Crimes Law that could send journalists and other individuals to prison for up to eight years for revealing government secrets, reported the newspaper La Nación on Saturday, Nov. 24. Read more »


Students protest Costa Rica's information crimes law

Students took to the streets in downtown San José, Costa Rica on Thursday Nov. 15, to protest the country’s recently enacted and much reviled information crimes law, reported the Tico Times website. Read more »



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