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Supporters of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa launch anti-press campaign



A group of Ecuadorian government supporters, known as correistas.com, has launched a campaign against all news publications that have recently criticized Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa for his multiple attacks on press freedom and freedom of expression, explained the organization Fundamedios.

The anti-press campaign, called "Stop attacks on Ecuador," is supported by public officials, like the Secretary for Public Administration, Vinicio Alvarado, who said that "we cannot allow the interests of certain publications to damage Ecuador's international image," according to a statement made by Fundamedios.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in Spain wrote a letter to the Spanish media demanding that journalists respect the Ecuadorian Supreme Court's decision in the libel case against the newspaper El Universo, reported the news agency EFE. The Ecuadorian ambassador to Madrid, Aminta Buenaño, said in the letter that freedom of expression "is not an absolute right that supersedes a person's right to honor," added EFE.

Correistas.com has more than 125,000 followers on its Facebook page, which proclaims “WE are the honest majority, and we WILL vote." The group's page also says, “We believe, support and strengthen the history-making democratic processes that Ecuador is living today!”



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