Paraguay invites UN and IAPA to analyze nation's press freedom

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  • April 22, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Amid growing conflicts with the media, President Fernando Lugo said he is arranging for the UN's special rapporteur and a delegation from the Inter American Press Association to evaluate in an "impartial and disinterested manner" the country's state of press freedom, La Nación reports.

Lugo has questioned the work of the media. and the newspaper ABC Color in particular has reported a smear campaign financed by the presidency. However, Lugo has denied those accusations and said his government "does not persecute journalists nor the press," despite not always agreeing with its work, Paraguay.com adds.

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.