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Tweet Criticizing Ecuador President Correa Lands Journalist in Court

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 19, 2017, 1:55 pm
Tweet Criticizing Ecuador President Correa Lands Journalist in Court
The journalist published an image of dozens of rolls of banknotes seized in an operation against drug trafficking with the message: “These are the mattresses upon which the revolution rests.” (Youtube)

EspañolEcuador journalist Luis Eduardo Vivanco, editor of the newspaper La Hora, was forced to testify after publishing a tweet criticizing President Rafael Correa’s administration.

Officials said Vivanco tried to “confuse citizens by accusing the national government of corruption.”

 

The journalist published an image of dozens of rolls of banknotes seized in an operation against drug trafficking with the message: “These are the mattresses upon which the revolution rests.”

The Ministry of the Interior filed a complaint in response, accusing him of “intimidation.”

While Vivanco testified in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, dozens of journalists showed up on the surrounding streets to support him with shouts and posters reading: “Freedom of expression,” “I make this tweet mine” and “Be strong, Luis Eduardo.”

The investigation against the journalist could last between six months and a year.

“The situation mainly intends to intimidate me and others journalists into avoiding being critical on social media,” Eduardo Vivanco said.

Sources: El País; La República

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Brazil Stock Exchange Plummets Following Presidential Bribery Scandal

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 19, 2017, 12:43 pm
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EspañolThe Brazilian Stock Exchange went into "free fall" after audio leaked of President Michel Temer negotiating the payment of a bribe of a major former official. The country's stock exchange registered its worst fall since 2011 this Thursday, May 18, dipping more than 10 percent. Faced with this critical situation, the exchange's operations were momentarily suspended to protect against further losses. By that time, the shares of state-run oil company Petrobras had already dropped by 20 percent. Bradesco's fell by 17.6 percent, Itau Unibanco's by 19 percent, Vale's by 10.4 percent and the Brazilian Bank's by 24.6 percent. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   President Temer is being accused of approving the bribe of a witness in the "Lava Jato" case involving a network of corruption and bribes involving Petrobras. Read More: Leaked Audio Shows Brazil President Temer Negotiating Bribes Read More: Brazil’s Temer Faces His Biggest Challenge as Corruption Allegations Threaten His Government The newspaper O Globo reported that the owners of the company JBS showed audio recordings and videos to judicial authorities, in which the president can be heard approving of bribes to former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha in order to ensure his silence. Sources: El Economista; La Nación

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