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Califican de intimidatoria querella de Martinelli contra forenses

Olmedo Rodríguez
30 jul 2020 - 11:42 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/califican-de-intimidatoria-querella-contra-forenses/

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OPINION: Shameless Actions

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Posted 30/07/2020

Multiple criminal complaints, reckless denunciations, civil kidnappings and an intense campaign of media intimidation and defamation on social networks have become the tools to finalize battered Panamanian justice.

 A former attorney general of the Nation, two former magistrates of the Supreme Court two forensic doctors, prosecutors and other public servants in fulfillment of their duties, have been recent victims of  shameless actions.

To add more elements to this tragicomedy, it requires them to pay millions of dollars for fictitious damages to his rights. With such acts, he seeks, through intimidation, to stop being investigated, to leave him alone, as well as his inner circle. None of this would be possible without accomplices who, from the bodies in charge of imparting justice or from the private practice of the legal profession day after day, nurture such nonsense.

That complicity facilitates the most blatant impunity, condemns us to international lists and causes mistrust in the world. It is time for this country to stop being a slave to the king of corruption.- LA PRENSA, Jul.30.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-shameless-actions-1

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Panama justice for sale

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Posted 06/08/2020

As if it were just one more case in the Accusatory Criminal System, the Panamanian justice is airing a process on influence peddling to obtain favorable rulings in the Supreme Court of Justice. In a case in which supposedly there are those who pay for the judgments, and there are intermediaries, the signatory of the judgments is conspicuous by his absence. This trial promises to reveal a lot about how inconspicuous justice is done in the name of the Republic. Since the return of democracy, the cancer of corruption in the judicial system has been a constant. The statements and testimonies that arise in this process, once validated, should serve to lead a total cleaning of the Judicial Organ and the legal profession. It is unacceptable that doing "everything possible" for the client, means the destruction of institutions, and the distribution of envelopes loaded with impunity left and right. We should all be on the lookout for the bottom in this case. This must be the beginning of the end. LA PRENSA, Aug,6

 

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Justice or blatant cover-up?

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Attorney General Eduardo Ulloa

Posted 11/08/2020

How many more threats against your prosecutors and the institutional framework of justice does the Attorney General of the Nation need to act? This is the moment of greatest prominence for the Public Ministry, due to the high-profile corruption cases it investigates. While the courts of Switzerland, Spain, the United States and Guatemala advance their processes involving Panamanians allegedly linked to terrible crimes of international scope, Panamanian prosecutors and even forensic doctors are cornered with criminal complaints and millionaire civil claims, and two former magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, together with a former attorney general, are subjected to judicial attacks to cause their public humiliation and intimidate the rest of the justice operators. The Procurator questions the "media siege", which means that he resents the public scrutiny of meetings with the mighty knight. It has already pleased him with the transfer of prosecutors to the head of processes against him, but that has not been enough. The Attorney General must choose if he is on the side of justice or if he wishes to be part of a blatant cover-up.LA PRENSA, Aug 11

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/justice-or-blatant-cover-up

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OPINION: Panama a failed state

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Posted 17/08/2020

When it is the authority that sets the example, how can the rest of the officials or citizens be blamed if they imitate them? Or why waste time doing investigations - criminal or administrative - if what exists in Panama is the infallible certainty of the award?. The word investigation has become a synonym for blatant sarcasm; It is the lie they now use to calm the spirits of a fed-up society, heated because, no matter how serious or insignificant their crimes are , politicians are subjects unattainable by justice. They are free to act with impunity. We learn of the rampant nepotism when the family of the high-ranking politician begins to assert among his peers his surname, the origin of his appointment, his ancestry, his presumed right to hold jobs in the state because someone in his family belongs to the government court. The President, the Attorney General, the Ministers of State, the Comptroller, the administrators of justice, where are they? Is there really anyone concerned about the fate of this country? Nobody is accountable here. Every day the failed state we have become becomes clearer.- LA PRENSA, Aug.17

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-panama-a-failed-state

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Corruption with no brakes

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Posted 25/04/2021

Press freedom, according to a ranking by the prestigious Reporters Without Borders organization, begins to suffer the consequences of a closed and non-transparent policy when the media tries to report corruption issues. In this last measurement, freedom of the press in Panama dropped one notch, ranking 77 out of 180 countries studied. "Journalists in Panama are the target of legal proceedings when they criticize government management or cover issues related to state corruption ..."Every word is true. Journalists are harassed with judicial processes, not only to silence them about what they report but also to generate self-censorship in them and in everyone who is aware of acts of corruption. This is nothing more than government terrorism, promoted in some cases by judges who do not know or try to ignore that democracy is founded on freedom of the press, of thought, of opinion, and of expression. Without a free press, corruption will have no brakes and that is the reason why they want a submissive, obedient, and independent press. What we see in the Reporters Without Borders report will draw a smile to the enemies of democracy.- LA PRENSA, Apr. 25

 

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Journalism bodies condemn 'intolerable' remarks by Martinelli lawyer

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Ronie Ortiz

Posted 01/05/2021

On Friday, April 30, the National Council of Journalism, the Forum of Journalists of Panama, and the Panamanian Radio Broadcasting Association cataloged as "improper" and "intolerable" the statements of Martinelli defense lawyer Ronier Ortiz. The journalistic unions emphasized that these "expressions, coming from a lawyer who is, at the same time, auxiliary to justice, are not only improper but intolerable."

In the statement from the groups, it was recalled on Wednesday, April 28, in the program La Audiencia, which is broadcast on the Nex TV channel , the defense team of former President Ricardo Martinelli, particularly Ortiz, made the statements against Foco and the coverage of his client and news facts of his surroundings.

“… I want you to know, we are going to attack you. Then we don't want them to be crying, because they are crybabies, both you and those who pay them. They are cowards and crybabies. Then they talk about freedom of expression. That is not freedom of expression. That is why, Fernando [Correa], that you see in Mexico the list of those journalists, who like to be getting into things that do not interest them, how it grows every day, how they are murdered because, at the end of the road, there are people who have no tolerance” said Ortiz.

In Mexico, the unions recalled, hundreds of people die every year, including journalists, most of them victims of drug cartels and organized crime. "These issues are of interest to the entire country, including the 144 journalists who have been sacrificed with impunity in the exercise of their duty."

For this reason, Reporters Without Borders has classified Mexico as the most dangerous country without a war in the world to practice journalism.

The words of the lawyer Ortiz, when referring to Mexican colleagues: "... they like to be getting into things that do not interest them ...", clearly "justify his murder and reveal a no longer so hidden direct threat against local journalists and the exercise of freedom of expression and information in Panama ”, the groups emphasized in a statement released this Friday afternoon.

"Consequently, our organizations strongly condemn these expressions, which constitute an affront and direct threats to the exercise of journalism in Panama, Mexico or any other country," they said.

The School of Journalism of the Faculty of Social Communication of the University of Panama condemned this Friday "the unfortunate statements of Ortiz, referring to the crimes of journalists in Mexico, demonstrating joy and satisfaction for what may happen to Panamanian journalists."

Garrit Geneteau, director of the School of Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Panama, said it is regrettable that a lawyer who is supposed to know the law makes such threatening and shameful remarks.

According to Geneteau, assassinating journalists is to silence freedom of expression and the right of peoples to information.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/journalism-bodies-condemn-intolerable-remarks-by-martinelli-lawyer

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OPINION: When a satrap oversteps the mark

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Posted 02/05/2021

The questionable expressions of the lawyer Ronier Ortiz about journalists have provoked a generalized rejection. To say that journalists are murdered for meddling in matters that do not interest them - referring to the long list of reporters who are victims of homicide in Mexico, perpetrated by organized crime - is indescribably base

We understand that a client of yours should pay you very well to defend him in and out of court, but arguing that journalists deserve to be killed reveals just how crooked his judgment is. And since what is on the surface and in the millimeter depth of his thoughts is more emotion than reason, knowing  that what you do is nothing more than incite violence against the media and journalists, even against the very medium in which he delivered his "philosophical" outbursts. His words and attitude are hateful surely infected in that rarefied environment in which he lives. What he wants is the same thing that subjects who do not believe in democracy want, who live at ease by suffocating the rights of third parties. But what he has achieved is that we become aware that our freedoms - including freedom of expression - are not a gift and must always be defended from individuals like him. – LA PRENSA, May 2

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-when-a-satrap-oversteps-the-mark

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