Panamanian government trying to expel Spanish journalist

By Ingrid Bachmann

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned that Spanish journalist Paco Gómez Nadal is being threatened with loss of his residency and deportation from Panama.

Gómez believes the expulsion is in retaliation for his criticisms of the government and his defense of Panama's indigenous peoples. However, the National Migration Service said the journalist — who has lived in Panama for six years and worked for the newspaper La Prensa for three years — broke the law because he didn't have legal permission to work and had not paid taxes in the last three years, according to Hora Cero.

The journalist's lawyers are trying to prevent his residency status from being revoked, reported La Prensa.

The president of the National Journalists Guild warned that this and other judicial incidents are "clear attacks against freedom of expression."

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.