Newspaper director tapped by president

Mauricio Herrera Ulloa, director del Semanario Universidad, has been named minister of Comunicación  by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

Casa Presidencial described him as a fighter for freedom of the press and a promoter of democratic journalism.

The university weekly at the Universidad de Costa Rica has a reputation for investigative journalism related to the political sector.

Solís has taken a beating when a proposed draft of a radio and television law would have given the government the right to shut down publications and stations over content.

In addition, the president’s approval ratings have declined.

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