Ecuador newspaper columnist seeks US asylum

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February 8, 2012
USA Today    
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"A former Ecuadorean newspaper columnist who faces prison and millions of dollars in fines for his criticism of President Rafael Correa requested asylum Wednesday in the U.S., claiming he is the victim of persecution aimed at stifling free expression. Emilio Palacio, 58, said in an asylum application that a criminal libel judgment against him in his homeland shows he 'is being severely punished in Ecuador for expressing legitimate opinions and subjective interpretations of factual events.'" (02/08/12)  

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