Panamá newspaper Web site victim of hacker attack

An online attack on the Panama newspaper La Estrella that upset its normal functioning and access to information brought a strong protest Thursday from the Inter American Press Association, which called on the authorities to conduct an immediate investigation.

The president of the newspaper corporation, Eduardo Quirós, told the press advocacy organization that La Estrella’s Web site,, was hacked Wednesday starting at 5:50 p.m. and for three long hours visitors were not able to access the news.

Quirós stressed that this was “an attack on freedom of the press which does not scare us in the slightest.”

The attack occurred following the publication on Dec. 10 on the paper’s Web site of a controversial video containing unedited images of the return to Panama of former dictator Manuel Noriega.

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