Ecuador / 2011

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President Correa is not a criminal (but he is intolerant)

September 27, 2011 1:20 PM ET

In a truly bizarre exchange that took place at Columbia University Friday, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa responded to a question from CPJ's Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría by calling him a liar....

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Correa lambastes press in Columbia speech

September 26, 2011 2:35 PM ET

"Sir, you are lying and a liar." With these words, uttered before an audience of around 150 people, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa dispelled any doubt as to whether he might cool his explosive rhetoric in the face of criticism. His harsh words came in response to a critical question...

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In response, Ecuadoran secretary misses the point

September 13, 2011 5:50 PM ET

Back in April, before leaving on a research trip to Ecuador, I contacted Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado by phone and email in hopes of meeting with him to discuss press freedom concerns that have emerged under President Rafael Correa. The secretary was among the high-ranking administration officials who did...

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In Ecuador, CPJ highlights press freedom decline

September 2, 2011 7:15 PM ET

The turning point in President Rafael Correa's aggressive campaign against the private media, Ecuadoran journalists say, came in July with the criminal defamation convictions of four managers of the Guayaquil-based daily El Universo. Bad went to worse when the paper's former opinion editor and three of its executives were...

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