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Ecuadorian authorities raid office of journalist Fausto Chimbolema, confiscate equipment

  • Source: CPJ
  • September 24, 2021

"On Sept. 14, police officers and agents from the local attorney general’s office raided [Fausto] Chimbolema’s office in the central Ecuadorian town of Tena and confiscated his laptop, memory cards, and mobile phone, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and a statement by the Ecuadorian free press organization Fundamedios.

Chimbolema runs the Facebook-based local news outlet La Voz TV Online, which has about 17,000 followers.

He said authorities did not tell him why they raided his office, but it was likely linked to his publication of a September 9 article about raids by police and the attorney general’s office of five properties in Tena as part of a bank fraud investigation."

 

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