And in Puerto Rico, six people were arrested for blocking the entrance of GFR Media, which owns three of the Puerto Rico’s top newspapers. Protesters say the media company’s coverage has been unfairly favorable to the PROMESA law, which was passed by the U.S. Congress in June, establishing a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy. This is Mariana Nogales, a lawyer representing the arrested activists.
Mariana Nogales Molinelli: “My name is Mariana Nogales Molinelli, and I’m a lawyer. We are here because they have arrested people for protesting against GFR Media and El Nuevo Día because of their support for the Fiscal Control Board, which these media outlets have been making since the beginning. For a moment, some media outlets did express that the PROMESA law was not a good law for Puerto Rico. However, the editorial line has now changed completely to be in favor of the control board. This is the first time that they have made arrests and detained people for protesting against the control board and against groups and corporations such as GFR Media, which have expressed support for the control board.”