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State newspaper editor-in-chief receives death threats after publishing criticisms

(Fundamedios/IFEX) - On 28 March 2012, Orlando Pérez, editor-in-chief and feature writer of the state newspaper "El Telégrafo", reported in his column that he has received several email death threats because of critical comments he made against the right wing political sector.

In the article “Mea Culpa”, Pérez affirms that the threats originated after he wrote an opinion piece titled “Cynthia, the mayor?”, in regard to Cynthia Viteri, assembly member for the right wing movement Madera de Guerrero.

The journalist stated in his article that “the email threat uses adjectives and a foul word, as well as demanding my departure to the other side”.

In a conversation with Fundamedios, Pérez pointed out that this is not the first time he has received this kind of threat. At least once a month, for the past year, he has been receiving similar emails with the message: “You are going to die, we know who you are”.

"El Telégrafo"'s chief editor affirmed that the sender is someone called Giovanni Ramírez, and according to investigations made, he sends them from an internet cafe in Guayaquil. The case has been reported to the police.

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