The Salvadoran Journalists Association stated that some news media reported that they had received an alert from Apple, warning that the Salvadoran government “may be engaged in espionage.”
San Salvador, El Salvador-The Salvadoran Journalists Association stated that some news media reported that it had received an alert from Apple on Wednesday warning that the Salvadoran government “may be engaged in espionage.”
The association stated that it has been informed that an alert has been issued to 23 journalists, including some from the investigative news media El Faro, as well as newspapers such as Diario El Mundo, El Diario de Hoy, and La Prensa Gráfica.
El Faro said that it had issued alarms to its 12 journalists, two civic activists and two opposition politicians.
Cristosal, a civic group, said its executive director, Noah Bullock, had received an alert calling it “an attack on privacy and an attack on freedom of speech.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the alert.
President Nayib Bukele’s New Thought Party — his Twitter profile now jokingly lists him as the “CEO of El Salvador” — ignored the accusation.
New Thought Legislative Leader Christian Guevara wrote on his Twitter account: “No matter how much people in El Faro want it, there is no persecution. No suppression. No harassment. No censorship. No political prisoners. There is nothing. They should change to a dealer, the things he sells make you paranoid.”
On Tuesday, Apple announced that it would sue Israel’s NSO Group in an attempt to prevent the world’s most notorious hiring hacker company from hacking Apple’s products, such as the iPhone.
Apple claimed in a lawsuit filed in California federal court that NSO Group’s spyware Pegasus has been used to attack a small number of Apple customers worldwide.
The NSO Group has widely denied wrongdoing and stated that its products have been used by the government to save lives.
This is the latest blow to the hacker company, which was recently blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce and is currently being sued by the social media giant Facebook.
As Bukele took action to consolidate power, the concerns of El Salvador’s opposition and outside observers increased this year.
Earlier this year, voters gave the extremely popular president control of Congress. The new legislators immediately replaced the members of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the Minister of Justice, allowing Booker’s party to firmly control other government departments.
The US government responded that it would transfer aid from government agencies to civil society organizations.