March 1st, 2012
Ecuador’s President Promises to Pardon Journalists
By Butler Cain
This happened earlier in the week, but it’s worth mentioning briefly.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said on Monday he would pardon the four newspapermen who were convicted of libeling him. The New York Times reported the president also plans to forgive $42 million in fines against the men and El Universo.
Correa said he never planned to bankrupt anyone but was simply seeking the truth. But one of the convicted men, Emilio Palacio, said Correa was forced to respond to mounting pressure from other governments and free press organizations.