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Press freedom

La Prensa publishes blank front page to protest Nicaraguan government

La Prensa, Nicaragua's oldest newspaper, had a blank front page this Friday for the first time in its 93 years. The special front page was protesting the government's refusal to deliver imported ink and paper.

Snowden filmmaker sues U.S. government over border stops

Filmmaker Laura Poitras, whose documentary about fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden won an Oscar, is seeking the release of six years of records that document how she was searched, questioned and sometimes held for hours at U.S. and foreign airports.

Costa Rica press freedoms ‘enviable,’ says Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders ranked Costa Rica 16th out of 180 countries surveyed in its annual press freedom index. The ranking is Costa Rica’s best showing since 2002, when the country was listed at 15th, despite police intercepting phone records from a journalist at the daily Diario Extra.

Costa Rica surpasses Canada, US in recent press freedom rankings

Costa Rica remains a beacon of press freedom in a region where the average press freedom score fell to its lowest level in five years, according to the human rights organization Freedom House’s 2014 Freedom of the Press report.

Supreme Court says police spying on Costa Rican journalist was unconstitutional

On Friday afternoon, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that the Prosecutor’s Office and the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) broke the law when they traced a journalist’s phone calls. The decision served as a strong rebuke to law enforcement and reinforced Costa Rica’s long history of respect for press freedom.

Recent scandals could hurt Costa Rica’s press freedom ranking next year

Costa Rica maintained an impressive ranking in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released Wednesday, placing 21st worldwide for press freedom, third in the Americas and first in Latin America. But we queried whether recent scandals were taken into account.

Costa Rica sees slight drop in press freedom ranking, is the top-ranked country in Latin America

Costa Rica ranks 21st in press freedom and third in all of the Americas, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released Wednesday.
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