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2010



New York, December 7, 2010--Ecuadoran authorities must fully investigate a vicious attack against sports reporter Guido Manolo Campaña, who was abducted, beaten, and threatened while on assignment in the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Soldiers guard the government palace in Quito after a police rebellion. (AP/Patricio Realpe)

New York, October 1, 2010--As a police rebellion threw Ecuador into chaos on Thursday, the government of President Rafael Correa ordered local radio and TV stations to interrupt programming and carry state news broadcasts. A dozen reporters were injured covering the police revolt. Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the government's censorship of broadcast media and called on local authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible for attacks on journalists.

New York, August 27, 2010--A government accusation that an Ecuadoran journalist "committed terrorism" is retaliation for his harsh criticism of local authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

New York, March 29, 2010—An Ecuadoran appellate court should overturn the libel conviction of editor Enrique Palacio, and the country’s legislators should reform archaic defamation laws that do not meet international standards for freedom of expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Palacio was sentenced Friday to three years in prison in connection with a commentary about a senior government finance official.

Top Developments
• Correa assails news media, and regulators target critical outlets.
• Media legislation could restrict freedom of expression.

Key Statistic
3: Days that regulators ordered Teleamazonas off the air.


Re-elected by a landslide in April, President Rafael Correa intensified his attacks on critical news media, calling them ignorant and deceitful. As Correa used his weekly radio address to assail the press, his administration singled out critical outlets for regulatory action. Legislators were debating media legislation that would restrict freedom of expression, and two journalists were imprisoned during the year on defamation charges.

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Killed in Ecuador

2 journalists killed since 1992

1 journalist murdered

1 murdered with impunity

Attacks on the Press 2012

1 Journalist killed, the first work-related fatality since 2005.

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