QUITO, Ecuador – 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.