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Salvadoran journalists and activists report spyware alerts

THE Association of Salvadoran Journalists says some news outlets have reported receiving alerts Wednesday from Apple Inc warning of “possible spying” on the part of the Salvadoran government.

The association said it had been informed of alerts sent to 23 journalists, including some at the investigative news outlet El Faro and newspapers like Diario El Mundo, El Diario de Hoy and La Prensa Grafica.

El Faro said that alerts had been sent to 12 of its journalists, two civic activists and two opposition politicians.

The civic group Cristosal said its executive director, Noah Bullock, had received an alert and called it “an attack on privacy, an attack on freedom of expression.”

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the alerts.

The New Ideas party of President Nayib Bukele — whose Twitter profile now jokingly lists him as “CEO of El Salvador” — brushed off the accusation.

On Wednesday Mr Bukele announced plans to build a new city powered by a volcano and which will only use the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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