"We've consistently defended Internet freedom"

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Over the past three years, the president of Costa Rica has been heavily criticised by her country's citizens. Many see Laura Chinchilla as the worst president in Latin America.

Much of the criticism is being expressed via social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook. Her government has found it difficult to deal with this popular disapproval. Earlier this month, the president herself took legal action against a man who accused her of corruption. The case has caused an uproar in Costa Rica. Many people have accused her of trying to control social media.

In an exclusive interview via Skype with RNW's Latin American programme, El Toque, Laura Chinchilla responds to the criticism and explains her government's position on the use and the limits of social media, internet and free speech and the challenges these pose for modern-day governments.