By Butler Cain | January 25th, 2012
CNN is among the news organizations reporting a major development this week in a free press case in Ecuador.
A court suspended a hearing on a libel case brought by President Rafael Correa. He sued the newspaper El Universo for libel, and last July an Ecuadorian court ruled in Correa’s favor. He was awarded $40 million and some El Universo staffers were sentenced to three years in prison.
The publication is asking judges to overturn that ruling.
Correa has come under severe international criticism for restricting Ecuador’s media.