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Ecuadoran court dismisses libel case against authors of the book "Big Brother"

A court in Ecuador decided to dismiss a libel case brought by President Rafael Correa against two journalists who wrote the book "Big Brother," which accuses the president of nepotism, reported the newspaper El Comercio on Thursday, April 19.

On Feb. 7, journalists Juan Carlos Calderón and Christian Zurita were sentenced to pay $2 million dollars in "moral damages" to the president.

This latest judicial decision implies that the journalists will not have to pay the fine, explained the newspaper Hoy.

The trial against the journalists continued even though the president withdrew his complaint on Feb. 27, the same day that Correa pardoned journalists from the newspaper El Universo who had been facing $40 million in fines and three years in prison for libel.

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