The daily La Nación reported on Tuesday that the U.S. Embassy in San José operated the covert program ZunZuneo behind the Costa Rican government’s back, neglecting to inform the Foreign Ministry and other government officials of the program's true intentions. U.S. Embassy officials say Costa Rica was informed.
The Supreme Elections Tribunal ruled against the Costa Rican Evangelical Alliance Federation last week, finding that a paid editorial leading up to the Feb. 2 election from the religious group restricted Ticos' freedom to vote, according to a press release from the elections authority last Friday, Feb. 28.
Just months after Costa Rica’s leading daily La Nación fired one of its top investigative reporters, investigative editor and data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini has resigned over a management dispute just days after the country’s presidential elections. She worked at La Nación for 20 years.
According to a polling analyst in the U.S., the daily La Nación’s canceled UNIMER poll likely would have been the most useful survey for accurately predicting the election – the exact opposite of what the daily told its readers.