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Monday 21 April  

"We've consistently defended Internet freedom"

Published on : 30 July 2013 - 10:55am | By RNW Latin America Desk (Screenshot: RNW)
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Over the past three years, the president of Costa Rica has been heavily criticised by her country's citizens. Many see Laura Chinchilla as the worst president in Latin America.

Much of the criticism is being expressed via social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook. Her government has found it difficult to deal with this popular disapproval. Earlier this month, the president herself took legal action against a man who accused her of corruption. The case has caused an uproar in Costa Rica. Many people have accused her of trying to control social media.

In an exclusive interview via Skype with RNW's Latin American programme, El Toque, Laura Chinchilla responds to the criticism and explains her government's position on the use and the limits of social media, internet and free speech and the challenges these pose for modern-day governments.
 

Discussion

Anonymous 6 September 2013 - 3:57am

I am from Costa Rica. And this is just a big lie. In Costa Rica secret police seek people who speak bad about the government and have even put people in psychiatric watch for a month in an institution. Also the presindent and one minister have filed sues against particular citizens for exposing their corruption. I have never seen in my entire life so much censorship and corruption in my country. This is by far the worst government in the history of Costa Rica.

Mauricio 30 July 2013 - 2:14pm / Costa Rica

You can ask her also about "La Ley Mordaza" or the hashtag #LauraLeaEsto that contradict all her answers in this interview.

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