22 July 2011

Campaigns and Advocacy

IAPA urges Ecuadoreans to defend freedom of expression


This is available in:

English Español
(IAPA/IFEX) - QUITO, Ecuador, July 19, 2011 - The president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Gonzalo Marroquín, called on the citizens of Ecuador to take part in the defense of freedom of expression and the press due to "the deterioration that these fundamental human rights have suffered in recent years" as a result of a restrictive legal system.

At a press conference yesterday, at the end of a two-day IAPA mission in Quito, Marroquín, president of the Guatemala City, Guatemala, newspaper Siglo21, said, "The climate of accelerated deterioration" will be further intensified with the passage of a future Communication Law, a bill that he described as "disastrous and a gag" that would "serve to expand self-censorship far beyond the realm of the press and its work."

Marroquín and the other members of the IAPA delegation expressed concern at "the increasing concentration" of media in government hands, the ongoing harassment of Ecuador's independent press through excessive and disproportionate lawsuits by President Rafael Correa, and manipulation in the placement of official advertising to punish or reward media outlets depending on their editorial stance, among other issues.

(. . .)

Click here to read the entire press release


Source:

Putting free expression issues in perspective.

Sign up to receive IFEX In Context.

 
More from Ecuador
  • The U-turn: Moreno steers Ecuador away from Correa's media repression

    Journalists say they will be wary until Moreno fulfills his promises to scale back the Communications Law and scrap the regulator that enforced it.

  • Freedom on the Net 2017: Ecuador

    Politically motivated takedown requests for alleged copyright violations targeted online news outlets and the websites of human rights organizations

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Ecuador

    Since its establishment under the 2013 Communications Law, Ecuador’s media regulator, known as SUPERCOM, has issued sanctions in more than 300 cases against media outlets.


At this point, would publish cover: "Home page"
 
IFEX is a global network of committed organisations working to defend and promote free expression.
Permission is granted for material on this website to be reproduced or republished in whole or in part provided the source member and/or IFEX is cited with a link to the original item.