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Sanctions against independent media continue as Supercom marks 2 years in Ecuador

A government agency in Ecuador that regulates media content, dictates headlines and corrections that news organizations are forced to publish and doles out fines to those who dare to disobey has just celebrated its second anniversary and announced changes in the country’s controversial communic Read more »


Ecuadoran newspaper fined 10 percent of turnover in ongoing dispute with media regulatory agency

In the latest development of the ongoing fight between Ecuador’s media regulatory agency and newspaper El Universo, the news organization has been fined an amount equal to 10 percent of the newspaper’s average monthly revenue over the previous quarter (about US$ 350,000) for alleged noncompliance with government orders. Read more »


Cyber attacks push Ecuadoran news sites offline during protest coverage

Cyber attackers have targeted multiple Ecuadoran news web sites this week amid countrywide protests and ongoing conflicts between various news outlets and the government. Read more »


Freedom of expression under fire in Ecuador as NGOs present complaints to IACHR

In Ecuador, “even humor is a reason for persecution.” These words came from Ecuadorian cartoonist Xavier ‘Bonil’ Bonilla, during the 'Situation of Freedom of Expression in Ecuador' hearing, held on March 17 before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) during its 154 Period of Sessions Read more »


Charges against Ecuadorian cartoonist and newspaper spur protests and indignation


Update (Feb. 13, 2015): In a ruling announced February 13, the Superintendent of Information and Communication (Supercom) has levied administrative sanctions against the newspaper El Universo and Xavier Bonilla 'Bonil' for socio-economic discrimination following the publications of a cartoon on Aug. 5, 2014.  Read more »


Sale of Ecuador's El Comercio marks a turning point for country's media and raises concerns

After more than a century in the hands of the Mantilla family, one of Ecuador's oldest and most traditional newspapers – El Comercio – has been sold to Latin American media mogul Remigio Ángel González, a Mexican who launched his TV empire in Guatemala and is known for avoiding editorial conflict with governments. Read more »


Ecuadorian government tightens its grip on the press as private media fears for survival

An upcoming vote that could alter the laws governing mass media in Ecuador has stoked fears in the Andean nation that the end of a free press in near. Read more »


Ecuadorian media abstains from republishing critical image of the president, illustrates climate of self-censorship

On World Press Freedom Day, celebrated last May 3, Ecuadorian media outlets abstained from republishing an illustration created by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that criticizes President Rafael Correa for his government's pressures against the press. Read more »


Press freedom levels in Americas lowest in five years, says new report

The organization Freedom House released its 2014 report on freedom of the press around the world, noting that in 2013 global press freedom was at its lowest level in more than a decade and the lowest in five years for the Americas. Read more »


NGO criticizes Twitter for "allowing censorship" of images, references to Ecuadorian president

Ecuadorian press freedom NGO Fundamedios sent a letter to Twitter criticizing the company for having complied to remove content depicting or referring to President Rafael Correa that the organization described as public information. Read more »



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