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Guatemala journalist ordered away from vice prez

January 3, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan journalist is filing a series of legal complaints against a judge’s decision to grant the country’s vice president a temporary restraining order against him.

Jose Zamora said Thursday he has filed six legal challenges against the decision and plans to file another six in the near future.

Zamora is director of the newspaper El Periodico and in recent months has published several articles critical of Vice President Roxana Baldetti, accusing her of corruption and nepotism.

A judge in December ordered Zamora to stay away from Baldetti and her family for six months after the official filed a harassment complaint against him.

The Miami-based Inter American Press Association protested the judge’s decision, calling it “a new way of shielding an official from criticism.”

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