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In Ecuador the battle for the truth continues

In Ecuador the battle for the truth continues

President Rafael Correa's recent attack on El Universo newspaper for printing a satirical cartoon, marks a dangerous precedent for Ecuador's media, writes Jack Gilbert

The fight for the fourth power in Latin America

The fight for the fourth power in Latin America

In light of the Argentinian supreme court's ruling to uphold the country's controversial media law, Ronaldo Pelli reports on the fight between governments and private media across Latin America

What does state press control look like?

What does state press control look like?

In light of the UK's Royal Charter on newspaper regulation, we look at 10 countries where the government has a hand in controlling the press

Ecuador’s new media regulations stoke controversy

Ecuador’s new media regulations stoke controversy

Proposed laws will not calm President Correa's stormy relationship with the press, says Padraig Reidy

Julian Assange granted political asylum in Ecuador

Julian Assange granted political asylum in Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador. The Australian national, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two months after breaching his bail conditions in the UK, is wanted in Sweden, where allegations of sexual assault have been made against him. The

Ecuador: President Correa calls newspaper editor “wicked” in new verbal attack

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has personally attacked Gustavo Cortez, editor of the leading daily newspaper El Universo. During a TV broadcast on Saturday the President accused the newspaper editor of being “wicked” and “of having bad faith.” Whilst showing a photograph of the editor, Correa called on the people of Ecuador to remember Cortez as

Ecuador: Critical radio and TV stations closed down

Critical TV and radio stations in Ecuador have been closed down, after authorities stormed the offices and seized equipment. Authorities of the Police and the Telecommunications Superintendence (SUPERTEL) in the North East of Ecuador closed TV station Lidervisión and Radio Líder. They arrived at Lidervisión headquarters with a warrant from SUPERTEL, and proceeded to

Panama: Ecuadoran newspaper publisher offered asylum

Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli offered asylum to Ecuadoran publisher Carlos Pérez Barriga, one of the owners of the El Universo newspaper. Last week Pérez was sentenced to three years in prison and 26m GBP in fines for defaming Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa. Emilio Palacio, the journalist who penned the editorial that provoked Correa’s libel

Ecuador: Pro-Correa libel verdict upheld

Ecuador‘s highest court has upheld a criminal libel verdict favouring President Rafael Correa, sentencing three newspaper executives and a columnist each to three years in prison ordering them to pay a total of around 26 million GBP in damages. The case was brought by Correa against opposition paper El Universo, which

Ecuador: Twitter user receives warning from government official

A government official in Ecuador has issued a public warning against a Twitter user following posts on the micro-blogging site. Betty Escobar, an Ecuadorian citizen who lives in the United States was warned by Fernando Cordero, the President of the National Assembly, to “change her language or she would soon regret her licentiousness.” The

Ecuador: President Correa goes after El Universo again

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has threatened to bring charges against the newspaper El Universo after publishing a letter critical of the Correa’s negative comments about María Leonor Jiménes, the Guaya Court of Justice president, on a radio program. The letter was written by legislator Cynthia Viteri, daughter of Jiménes, and in it

Ecuador: court upholds libel verdict against news executives

An appeals court in Ecuador has upheld libel convictions and prison sentences for three newspaper directors and a former writer. El Universo newspaper published a column by Emilio Palacio that called President Rafael Correa a dictator. Fines of $42 million were also upheld by the judges against the executives of the newspaper.

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