Ecuadorian journalist sentenced to prison flees to Miami

After being sentenced to three years in prison for defamation, an Ecuadoran journalist has fled the country and sought refuge in Miami, according to the newspaper where the journalist worked, El Universo.

Journalist Emilio Palacio of El Universo, who was sued for criticizing President Rafael Correa, arrived in the United States Wednesday, Aug. 24, according to the newspaper Perú 21.

“I'd have to be blind to not understand that they want me behind bars," Palacion said in a letter spread via Twitter dated Sunday, Aug. 28.

Meanwhile, the newspaper El Universo published a letter directed at President Correa asking him to stop the legal action against the journalist.