The press outlet and its director, journalist Fabián Werner, reported that “two investigations published by Sudestada were censored on Google, after anonymous complaints, without giving rise to defense and due process.”
“This violates my freedom of expression in an issue of notorious public interest, such as money laundering,” said the journalist.
In this sense, Sudestada presented this Friday, November 19, an amparo action before the Uruguayan Justice, with the sponsorship of the lawyer Matías Jackson and the legal advice of the Latin American Observatory for Media Regulation and Convergence (OBSERVACOM).
Precisely, for the Observatory “the most serious thing is that if the journalist and the media decide to appeal, they are tacitly obliged to accept the jurisdiction of California to defend their rights and settle the case in the United States, which renders the right to Justice ineffective. that exists in Uruguay ”.
The first notification is from October 12. According to OBSERVACOM, “the United States DMCA Law was applied for an alleged violation of copyright, but the content of the note that would be committing it is not reported.” The journalistic note is from 2017 and reveals that the Brazilian Prosecutor’s Office had verified that the legal study of former Uruguayan Minister of Economy Ignacio de Posadas had received more than $ 260,000 from former Brazilian deputy Eduardo Cunha, imprisoned for millionaire bribes in an oil business.
While the second decision was on October 25 and “is the product of a complaint by the European Personal Data Protection Act (GPDR), commonly used to apply the so-called ‘right to be forgotten'”. In this case, it is a note published in 2017, within the framework of the “Panama Papers” that provides details about the role of the Uruguayan study of lawyer Oscar Algorta in the Spanish corruption plot linked to the Canal de Isabel II company.
“Both were within a week, which shows a deliberate intention of anonymous whistleblowers to silence information of public interest,” said OBSERVACOM.