Monday, February 28, 2011

attack on freedom of expression

Panama is going through some strange times.  For the past couple of weeks there have been some pretty heavy protests about mountain top mining being approved in some of the indigenous regions of the country.  There are a lot of people quite upset about the decision and a lot of people have shown their concern.

This past weekend a journalist and Human Rights worker, Paco Gomez Nadal, was arrested at one of these protests and today he was deported to Spain.  It is amazing, this government has had it in for him ever since they came into power.  He is the kind of person who was not afraid to be critical of the government and by doing so he earned their disfavor and ultimately they've deported him.  This is a bad sign.  The government is afraid of criticism and the freedom of press is in serious danger.

It's sad and it's going to be very interesting to see what happens in Panama in the next few months.

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