A Costa Rican court has ruled that government surveillance of a reporter’s phone records was unconstitutional. The ruling was made in the case of Diario Extra journalist, Manuel Estrada, who was targeted by the Judicial Investigation Police after he wrote an article that criticised the agency.
Reporters Without Borders calls for a parliamentary committee investigation into spying on the San José-based Diario Extra newspaper, which reported that the Judicial Investigation Agency and the office of the public prosecutor have been monitoring the private and professional phone calls of its journalists for the past ten months.
A look at the state of press freedom for the host of World Press Freedom Day celebrations.
The outcry that has followed the enactment of Costa Rica’s highly controversial cybercrime law has forced the government into a hasty about-turn. It announced that the legislation, which provides for up to 10 years’ imprisonment for publishing “secret political information”, would not apply to journalists.
CPJ calls on the legislature to remove criminal defamation provisions from its penal code after a Supreme Court decision eliminated prison terms from the Printing Press Law.
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 20 December 2007 CPJ press release: Two men convicted in Costa Rica murder New York, December 20, 2007 – Two men were sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for the murder of Costa Rican journalist Parmenio Medina, a popular radio host who was shot dead outside his home […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 20 July 2006 CPJ press release: Justice official tells CPJ that government opposes press restrictions New York, July 20, 2006 – The Committee to Protect Journalists is encouraged by a letter from Costa Rica’s top justice official stressing her government’s opposition to newly proposed press restrictions. On June 8, […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is an 8 June 2006 CPJ letter to President Arias: June 8, 2006 His Excellency Oscar Arias President of Costa Rica Apartado Postal 520 2010 Zapote San José, Costa Rica Via Facsimile: +506 253 90 78 Your Excellency: We are writing to ask you to use the authority of your office […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about a Costa Rican Supreme Court decision on 3 May 2006 rejecting a newspaper lawyer’s petition for article 7 of the Press Law to be struck down as unconstitutional. The article provides for prison sentences for those who use the media to “defame” or “insult”. “We call […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged at the 20 February 2006 shooting attack on José Alberto Gatgens, correspondent with the newspaper “La Nación”. The journalist was fired upon as he left a shopping mall in Guápiles, northeast of the capital, San José. RSF is shocked that the assailant is being charged only with […]
(AMARC/IFEX) – On 25 May 2005, the Public Prosecutor’s Office searched the premises of the Public Safety and Governance Ministry’s national radio broadcasting regulatory office (Oficina de Control Nacional de Radio), the home of the office’s director, the national organisation representing private radio and television business owners (Cámara Nacional de Radio), and four security services […]