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April 10, 2014

Costa Rican court strikes down tracking of daily's calls

The constitutional chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on March 21, 2014, that the government's secret monitoring of phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation was unconstitutional, according to news reports. Diario Extra reported in January that the Judicial Investigative Organism (OIJ), along with agents from the narcotics and organised crime division, had been tracking outgoing and incoming phone calls on the daily's central telephone... MORE
March 26, 2014

Costa Rica court: Surveillance of journalist unconstitutional

The International Press Institute (IPI) has welcomed a Costa Rican court's ruling that government surveillance of a reporter's phone records was unconstitutional. Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court made the ruling Friday (March 21, 2014) in the case of Diario Extra journalist, Manuel Estrada , who was targeted by the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) after he wrote an article that criticised the agency. Following the article's publication, the Costa Rica Prosecutor's... MORE
February 19, 2014

Costa Rican reporter endures months of police monitoring

Costa Rica may suffer a blow to its image as one of Latin America’s beacons of democracy after a government agency was accused of spying on one of the country’s most popular daily newspapers. Diario Extra reported that the Investigative Police Body in Costa Rica, or the OIJ, had been monitoring and recording the telephone conversations of one its reporters. The daily published a story on January 20 citing a 200-page document, presented to the publication by a confidential source, which detailed... MORE
January 23, 2014

Costa Rica must investigate tracking of daily's phone calls

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for a full investigation into reports that Costa Rican officials secretly monitored the phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation. Diario Extra reported on Monday that the Judicial Investigative Organism (OIJ), along with agents from the narcotics and organized crime division, had been tracking outgoing and incoming phone calls on the daily's central telephone line, as well as the private phone numbers of... MORE