Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president

first_img EcuadorAmericas Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Follow the news on Ecuador Organisation News Receive email alerts Rodrigo Fierro of the daily El Comercio was sentenced to six months in prison on 19 September for allegedly libelling former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC). Reporters Without Borders believes the sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador. September 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Reporters Without Borders protested today against the six-month prison sentence passed on columnist Rodrigo Fierro of the Quito-based daily El Comercio on 19 September for allegedly libelling a former president by accusing him of serving the oligarchy.”This sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador by encouraging journalists to censor themselves,” the organisation said, stressing that it strongly opposed the criminalization of press offences.In a letter to supreme court president Armando Bermeo, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged higher court judges “to rule out a prison sentence a priori” if they uphold the guilty verdict when the case is heard in appeal.The organisation pointed out that The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression determined in January 2000 that “the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.”Fierro was sentenced as a result of a libel suit by former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC), over a column published on 29 May in which Fierro said his government had “served the plutocratic oligarchy that rules the country.” Fierro has appealed against the sentence. News EcuadorAmericas Help by sharing this information April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News News December 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img

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