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Intimidation of journalists and women's protests in Panama

During a television programme aired on 28th April 2021, lawyer Roniel Ortiz said that his legal team would “attack” digital media Foco. He also referenced the situation of journalists in Mexico, where he said reporters are killed for “meddling in things that don’t regard them”. Read more

Intimidation of journalists and women's protests in Panama

Weeks of protests against child abuse in Panama

Accusations of abuse in children’s shelters sparked indignation and led people to the streets in Panama in February 2021. Read more

Weeks of protests against child abuse in Panama

Police brutality during student-led protest in Panama

On 16th December 2020, police in Panama City repressed a student-led protest against legislation excluding some people under 25 from receiving pandemic aid. Read more

Police brutality during student-led protest in Panama

Police disrupt protest in Panama and arrest journalist

On 29th October 2020, civil society groups organised a protest against the government’s budget management and cuts in sectors such as education and health. Read more

Police disrupt protest in Panama and arrest journalist

Organisations denounce judicial harassment of press in Panama

On 17th July 2020, eleven civil society organisations sent a letter to Edison Lanza, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, requesting that he speak up against judicial harassment of members of the press in Panama. Read more

Organisations denounce judicial harassment of press in Panama

Court rulings against La Prensa set dangerous precedents for press freedom in Panama

On 8th June 2020, a court ruling banned newspaper La Prensa from publishing images of lawyer Janio Lescure, who has been implicated in allegations of corruption. Read more

Court rulings against La Prensa set dangerous precedents for press freedom in Panama

Panama: coronavirus restrictions lifted and reimplemented

According to news media, Panama’s Ministry of Public Security counted at least 57 demonstrations during the pandemic. These protests were mainly organised by people demanding emergency government aid. Read more

Panama: coronavirus restrictions lifted and reimplemented

LGBTI+ activists warn of discriminatory measures in response to COVID-19

On 24th March 2020, Panama’s president Laurentino Cortizo announced the implementation of mandatory quarantine across the country in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since then, hundreds of people have been detained for violating lockdown rules. As detailed in the ‘Association’ section of this update, civil society organisations have criticised a particular restriction establishing alternate days for women and men to leave their homes for essential tasks. Read more

LGBTI+ activists warn of discriminatory measures in response to COVID-19

Smear campaign against Panamanian newspaper La Prensa

On 11th February 2020, the president of publishing group Corprensa, Diego Quijano Durán, published a note in the La Prensa newspaper refuting a series of false or misleading information about the outlet which were spread in a defamation campaign. Read more

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Smear campaign against Panamanian newspaper La Prensa

Report on freedom of expression highlights criminal defamation

On 10th December 2019, Panama’s Fórum de Periodistas por la Libertades de Expresión e Información (Journalists’ Forum for Freedom of Expression and Information) published a report on freedom of expression between 1st December 2018 and 30th November 2019. In the report, the criminalisation of slander and libel is highlighted as a serious restriction. In addition, according to the report, lawsuits demanding millions in compensation from journalists for “crimes against honour” have multiplied. Read more

Report on freedom of expression highlights criminal defamation