Puerto Rico

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CPJ sends letter calling on Puerto Rico governor to respect press freedom

CPJ writes to the Puerto Rican governor to express concern about a recent amendment to the island’s public security law.

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A COVID-19 testing site is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 25, 2020. Puerto Rican authorities recently passed a law threatening jail time for spreading 'false information' about the pandemic. (AFP/Ricardo Arduengo)

New Puerto Rico law threatens jail time for spreading ‘false information’ about COVID-19

Washington, D.C., April 8, 2020 — Puerto Rican authorities should guarantee that journalists can cover the COVID-19 pandemic without fear of government retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Governor Wanda Vazquez and National Guard general Jose Reyes tour screening stations established to detect the new coronavirus on arriving passengers at the Luis Muñoz Marin Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on March 16, 2020. Reporter Bárbara Figueroa Rosa described the challenges of covering Puerto Rico’s coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Reporter Bárbara Figueroa Rosa on covering Puerto Rico’s coronavirus outbreak

In the three years since Hurricane Maria hit the island, Puerto Rico has experienced a financial, political, and public health crisis, but reporter Bárbara Figueroa Rosa told CPJ that these events “have no comparison” to the impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on the U.S. territory.

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Demonstrators march on Las Americas highway demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 22, 2019. Rossello resigned in early August, but first signed two laws that obstruct the work of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

New laws obstruct work of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico

In July 2019, anti-government protesters gathered on the streets of Puerto Rico, motivated in part by the work of investigative journalists who had obtained and published over 900 messages exchanged by then Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his allies that disparaged political opponents and the island’s citizens. Before Rosselló gave in to public pressure to resign…

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