A Puerto Rican judge ruled Monday that the Puerto Rican government has seven days to release death certificates and related data to CNN and GIJN member, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico. Both organizations are investigating the true toll of Hurricane Maria and sued for access to the records. The decision comes amid controversy over the US territory's handling of the official death toll from the hurricane, which battered the Caribbean island on September 20. Puerto Rico had argued that some information contained in death certificates should be kept private in order to protect the identities of the dead.
Posted on: June 6, 2018