Canadian journalist refused entry

While our c̶a̶p̶o̶ ̶d̶i̶ ̶m̶a̶f̶i̶a̶ great president Martinelli was babbling in Davos about how Panama has real press freedom, the immigration authorities at Tocumen International M̶o̶n̶e̶y̶ ̶L̶a̶u̶n̶d̶e̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶C̶e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ Airport stopped Canadian journalist Rosie Simms from entering the country.

Assault on press freedom: After TVN, Bananama Republic?

We received word today that the prosecution will take a criminal complaint filed by Canadian fraud artist Monte Friesner to trial. But given the way the courts operate in Panama in press freedom issues, there is no way we are going to dignify their mad circus acts by attending their show trials or complying with any sentences. No offense, but there is no reason in the acting of the courts or the authorities that prompts us to take them seriously or recognize their authority any more than we recognize the authority of the baboons in the zoo.

CPJ demands release of Panamanian journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists demands that Panamanian journalist Carlos Núñez López be released immediately by the Panamanian authorities, saying that "the verdict should be voided, Núñez should be released, and Panama’s legislature must eliminate all criminal penalties for defamation.”