Authorities from the Dominican Public Ministry raided the offices of the digital newspaper El Siglo 21 and two residences of journalist Guillermo Gómez on Feb. 10, reported the newspaper El Nacional. Allegedly, José Ángel Gómez Canáan, the journalist's son, participated in a spy network accused of hacking into the e-mail accounts of First Lady Margarita Cedeño de Fernández and several high-ranking bank executives, reported Listín Diario.
Gómez, founder of the digital newspaper El Siglo 21 and host of the political television program Aeromundo, accused the authorities of confiscating material during the raid that Gómez was reporting on, according to the newspaper Hoy. As a result, the digital newspaper was offline Feb. 10.
The journalist and commentator is often critical of the government of President Leonel Fernández, reported the newspaper El Día.