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United States' annual report criticizes lack of freedom of expression in Ecuador and Venezuela

The United States State Department published on Thursday their annual report on human rights, where it strongly criticized the restrictions on press freedoms and freedom of expression in Venezuela and Ecuador. In the midst of a political crisis in Venezuela, the report highlighted that the Venezuelan government “continued taking actions to impede on freedom of expression and restrict press freedoms.”​ Read more »


Ecuador only Latin American country to make CPJ’s 2013 Risk List

Ecuador was the only Latin American country to be featured on the Committee to Project Journalists' annual Risk List, in which the organization highlights countries were press freedoms have been in decline. Read more »


Cartoonist publishes correction as part of Ecuador’s first sanction under controversial communications law


The Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo published a correction to a cartoon by journalist Xavier Bonilla “Bonil” on Feb. 5, ordered by the country’s Superintendent of Information and Communication due to what they considered a violation of the country's controversial Organic Law on Communications. Read more »


Ecuadorian freedom of expression organization denounces government harassment, fears dissolution

Ecuador’s National Secretariat for Communications (SECOM) has placed the freedom of expression organization Fundamedios under its administrative control. The organization believes this action seeks to harass them and fears it could lead to its dissolution. Read more »


IAPA welcomes Ecuadorian Constitutional Court’s decision to review lawsuit against Communications Law


The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) applauded the decision by the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court to accept a lawsuit filed last year challenging the legality of the country’s controversial Organic Communications Law. IAPA was hopeful the action will refuel the debate over governmental measures set by the law that limit freedom of expression in the country. Read more »


Cartoonist is first media worker targeted under Ecuador’s controversial Communications Law


The Ecuadorian government has asked cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, known as Bonil, to appear before the Superintendent of Information and Communication and explain the contents of a cartoon published in newspaper El Universo that officials are calling defamatory. Seven months after Ecuador’s new Communications Law came into effect and created the office of the Superintendent, Bonil is the first media worker to be summoned by the new agency. Read more »


Ecuadorian state newspaper says new media outlet would seek to destabilize the government

In July last year, opposition leader, former legislator and former presidential candidate Martha Roldós visited Washington D.C. to talk with possible financial backers about a new news agency she wants to create. Read more »


2013 concludes with 174 attacks against freedom of expression in Ecuador, report says

With 174 documented aggressions against media outlets, journalists and citizens,  2013 was one of the most violent years against freedom of expression in Ecuador, according to a recent report from NGO Fundamedios. Read more »


Impunity, the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region, IFEX report says

In the last 20 years, 670 journalists have been killed in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates from the IFEX-ACL alliance, which recently presented their Annual Report on Impunity 2013: "Faces and Traces of Freedom of Expression in Latin America and the Caribbean." The crimes -- most of which remain unsolved -- have turned impunity into the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region. Read more »


Ecuadorian government concentrates media, spends millions in state advertising, report says

The government of President Rafael Correa currently holds 21 different media properties that include 14 impounded outlets, three public ones and four at the state level, according to the recent report Read more »



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