Ecuador's media authorities have ruled that a prominent journalist committed a "media lynching" of a government agency with investigative reports and ordered her TV station to broadcast a series of public apologies.

The sanction against Teleamazonas for muckraking by Janet Hinostroza was condemned Wednesday by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Hinostroza reported that practices of the National Public Contracting Service could lead to the distribution of substandard medicines.

The state media authority used a 2013 law to rule that Hinostroza's reports damaged the prestige and credibility of the contracting service.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called the ruling a "ridiculous and clear" attempt to censor information of public interest.

Hinostroza won a 2013 CPJ press freedom award.