Friday, December 12, 2014

Ecuador: Life on the run in Amazon jungle for journalist charged with defaming president


The following is a CPJ blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent:

For Ecuadoran journalist and political activist Fernando Villavicencio, life on the lam has meant wading through jungle rivers to avoid police checkpoints, dining on crocodile and monkey meat, and penning his latest book from a series of safe houses.

Villavicencio went underground in March after an Ecuadoran court upheld his 18-month prison sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa. Villavicencio initially found refuge with an Amazon tribe, but with government forces closing in he fled the community and is now moving about Ecuador to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

Read the full story on CPJ's site.
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