The 16th judge of the civil circuit, Giomara Aparicio, issued a contradictory ruling in the case of the complaint for slander and libel that the businesswoman Lourdes Castillo maintains against La Prensa.

According to Castillo, the judge recognized that in her case, the newspaper La Prensa published false information against her that affected her through slander and that she was able to demonstrate with documents and a certification from the Public Ministry that there was never a judicial investigation. against him.

However, the judge issued a contradictory ruling that could open the way to press debauchery with false and slanderous information, something that is very different from the principle of freedom of the press.

Aparicio admitted that there was a grievance against Castillo, but pointed out that it occurred “without malice” so as not to condemn La Prensa. This legal case is not over, since he will resort to the cassation instance and international resources seeking justice, he sentenced. .

In the civil proceeding against the newspaper La Prensa and Mi Diario, Lourdes Castillo requested $550,000 as compensation due to the publications against her dating back to 2016.

The First Court of the First Judicial District of Panama issued a sentence admitting the insult, but ‘without malice’, questioned the affected party.

Castillo, former member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal (ACP), indicated that they – Corporación a Prensa, other media outlets and journalists – said that the Public Ministry was carrying out an investigation against him and one of his companies, false news that He was able to verify with documents at the trial.

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