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Guatemala journalist barred from leaving country

January 8, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan journalist has been barred from leaving the country so that he can potentially face criminal charges filed by the country’s president.

Newspaper director Jose Ruben Zamora has published a series of articles critical of the government, including pieces that accused President Otto Perez Molina of corruption.

Perez Molina filed a series of criminal complaints against the director of the paper El Periodico in December, including charges of extortion and blackmail. El Periodico reported Wednesday that a judge had barred Zamora from traveling so that he could potentially face the charges filed by the president.

Vice President Roxana Baldetti was granted a restraining order against Zamora last month. He is appealing that decision, as well as fighting Perez Molina’s case against him.

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