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Friday, July 25 2014 @ 08:59 AM EDT

Supreme Court Orders Journalists To Pay $20,000 Dollars In Civil Case

Law & LawyersThe journalists Jean Marcel Chery, Gustavo Aparicio and the Panama America, S. A. were condemned in a civil judgment on appeal to pay $20,000 following a lawsuit filed in 2005 by the then judge of the Supreme Court (CSJ) Winston Spadafora. The opinion, with the presentation of Judge Carlos Raul Trujillo, upheld a judgment of the Twelfth Civil Court handed down in May 2009. Santiago Fascetto, the General Director of the Epasa Group, branded the ruling as an attack on freedom of the press. Meanwhile, Chery - who is currently the Director of the El Siglo newspaper - considered the judgment to be absurd. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: This one doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Ricardo Martinelli either owns or controls the Panama America newspaper. And he also controls the Supreme Court. So what's the motivation for this decision? The money means nothing, he can pay that off with the walking around change he keeps in his pocket. In this country politics is everything, and the only thing I can fathom is that maybe this decision is some sort of a change-up to pave the way for a fastball that's coming later, to be thrown against another news media outlet that's not owned or controlled by Martinelli, like La Prensa or Telemetro. There's more to this one than meets the eye, I just don't know what it is yet. Spadafora is a Panameņista from the Mireya Moscoso camp. That might have something to do with it.

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