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Topic “Panama”

Panamanians protect their oldest daily newspaper and ask the U.S. to remove it from the Clinton List

167 years of Panamanian journalistic history could come to an end as the continuity of operations at newspapers La Estrella de Panamá and El Siglo is uncertain due to a legal problem with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Read more »


Dutch journalist jailed in Panama gets reduction in sentence and will be released

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein who is jailed in Panama on charges of criminal defamation will be released by the Panamanian president in the midst of an international campaign for his release, according to his supporters. Ornstein is on a list from the Ministry of Government of persons to receive a reduction of sentence from the President of Panama in the coming days. However, the announcement does not provide further details. Read more »


Detentions of journalists increase in Latin America and the rest of the world, according to expert reports

Currently, at least 250 journalists worldwide have been detained in relation to their reporting work, according to recent reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and international nonprofit Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

In Latin America, CPJ reported that four journalists in Cuba (2), Panama (1) and Venezuela (1) have been jailed. In comparison, this organization did not record any imprisonments in the Latin American region in its 2015 statistics. Read more »


Panamanian government agrees to alter law article that gave it power to fine the media

The controversy generated in Panama by the regulation of a law that gives the executive branch of government the power to impose fines on the media may have arrived at a solution after a meeting between the government and media representatives. Read more »


Latin American journalists investigating the Panama Papers suffer criticism and retaliation

While journalists in Ecuador who were part of the global journalistic investigation known as the Panama Papers are facing a “campaign of harassment” led by the country’s President Rafael Correa and his followers, in Peru and Panama, the most adverse reactions have come f Read more »


Panamanian court's decision to order a newspaper to pay $25,000 in compensation to a judge generates protests

The Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court of Panama rejected an appeal filed by two journalists and an editorial group against an earlier decision concerning a civil lawsuit filed by a former Supreme Court justice, according to La Prensa. Read more »


Panamanian legislator withdraws controversial proposal that would have regulated practice of journalism


By Andy East

After a wave of criticism, the Panamanian Congress decided not to consider a controversial proposal that would have imposed serious restrictions on the practice of journalism for local and foreign correspondents, according to the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa. Read more »


Former President of Panama could face charges of espionage on journalists

The future of the former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), will be determined on March 25, when the electoral criminal protection that he currently has will be officially removed. Once this happens, the justice system could demand that he returns to the country to respond to the different investigations involving him. One of these is related to alleged illeg Read more »


Press freedom levels in Americas lowest in five years, says new report

The organization Freedom House released its 2014 report on freedom of the press around the world, noting that in 2013 global press freedom was at its lowest level in more than a decade and the lowest in five years for the Americas. Read more »


Inter American Press Association condemns trial against journalists in Panama

The decision by a judge to try a team of journalists from a Panamanian newspaper has been called “an alert for media that call out possible irregularities in public administration” by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) in a press release. Read more »


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