Salvadoran journalist is subject of alleged investigation and presidential tweets

  • Source: CPJ
  • September 9, 2020

"Salvadoran authorities should make public any details about an alleged criminal investigation into InSight Crime journalist Héctor Silva Ávalos and stop using official social media channels to criticize and harass independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On September 1, Salvadoran news website La Página published an article reporting that the national Attorney General’s office had opened an investigation in 2016 into Silva Ávalos for alleged links to money laundering. The article mentions that Silva Ávalos was a government official during the presidency of Mauricio Funes and accuses him of involvement in a money-laundering scheme that involved selling horses".

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