Ornstein Moved to Renacer

On November 25, 2016, journalist Okke Ornstein was moved from the DIJ in Ancon to the Renacer Prison in Gamboa. He is facing a 20-month sentence for groundless charges of “criminal” libel.

Visitors are allowed to see Ornstein on certain days and times. So, if you’re in Panama, why not pay him a visit? He’d love to see some friendly faces—and visitors send a message: We care about bringing justice to his situation.

The photo you see here was taken on the grounds at Renacer, which overlook the Panama Canal.

Visiting Days & Hours

Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – 3pm

What to Bring

Ornstein is allowed to have reading and writing materials, fresh foods (he loves oranges and bananas!) and packaged foods (plastic only; nothing in glass or metal). Oh: He’s a big fan of chocolate. Any of these gifts would be most welcomed by him.

Directions from the Albrook Mall Area in Panama City

  • Head towards Clayton, continue on and pass through Paraíso.
  • Cross the Miraflores locks; continue til you reach the road to the Summit Zoo, where you’ll turn left.
  • Pass the zoo (on your immediate right), and continue for a few miles. The prison will be on your left—the fencing and the line of visitors outside will be the obvious markers.

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