Security & Strategic Review - March 2022

EL SALVADOR: Spying scandal reignites press freedom concerns

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), its Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression, and the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Central America, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean have recently sounded the alarm regarding new evidence of the use of spyware Pegasus for illegal surveillance of journalists and civil society organisations that investigate and report on matters of public interest in El Salvador. The scandal, which made headlines in January, has reignited familiar concerns regarding a deterioration of press freedom under the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele.

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