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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 »

Journalists in Panama demand better security after news host escapes kidnappers

The professional association of journalists in Panama demands improved security and protection for citizens after a news host survived a kidnapping attempt on the evening of Friday, Jan. 11, according to the newspaper La Estrella. Read more »

Cybersecurity bill raises concerns among Panamanian journalists

The Information Safety bill that is currently being considered by Panama’s National Assembly could represent a threat to freedom of expression in that country, according to several journalists’ unions and associations, the newspaper La Estrella reported. Read more »