Fernando Villavicencio

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

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

The administration of President Lenín Moreno has dramatically diverged from that of his predecessor, Rafael Correa, who was severely critical of the Ecuadoran press and passed one of the most restrictive media laws in the region. Nonetheless, journalists say...

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The U-turn:

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

CPJ’s work in Ecuador Over the last 10 years, CPJ has viewed the situation in Ecuador as a priority in Latin America and documented the deteriorating press freedom environment under former President Rafael Correa through special reports, articles, and...

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The U-turn:

July 12, 2018 12:30 PM ET

Correa’s critics disadvantaged online, especially on Twitter Long before other world leaders took to Twitter, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa was using social media and other digital tools to air grievances and abuse his adversaries. After joining Twitter in July...

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Correa's legacy leaves a long road to recovery for Ecuador's journalists

November 2, 2017 1:56 PM ET

Since taking office in May, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno has pledged to end a decade-long battle between the government and the media. But several reporters and editors with whom CPJ spoke said that the anti-press campaign carried out by...

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Journalist facing charges in Ecuador files for asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017 4:52 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group...

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Judge orders journalist's arrest for publishing confidential documents

November 15, 2016 5:31 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2016--An Ecuadoran judge last night approved an arrest warrant for journalist Fernando Villavicencio on charges of distributing emails sent by public officials, according to the journalist's lawyer. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities...

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Ecuador issues sanctions for cartoon mocking congressman

February 23, 2015 2:19 PM ET

On February 13, 2015, Ecuador's media oversight commission, the Superintendency of Information and Communication (SUPERCOM), ordered the Guayaquil-based daily El Universo to publish an apology in connection with a cartoon drawn by Xavier Bonilla, a cartoonist known by his penname...

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Life on the run in Amazon jungle for journalist charged with defaming president

December 9, 2014 2:39 PM ET

For Ecuadoran journalist and political activist Fernando Villavicencio, life on the lam has meant wading through jungle rivers to avoid police checkpoints, dining on crocodile and monkey meat, and penning his latest book from a series of safe houses....

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Pressured by government, Ecuadoran cartoonist is forced to adjust

July 8, 2014 10:34 AM ET

Called to testify before a government media oversight commission, editorial cartoonist Xavier Bonilla--known by his penname Bonil--showed up with a pair of four-foot-long mock pencils. But rather than having a small eraser on the tip, one of Bonil's giant pencils...

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Cartoonist sanctioned under Ecuador's communications law

February 3, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Bogotá, February 3, 2014- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision by Ecuador's media oversight agency on Friday to use the country's communications law to sanction the leading local daily El Universo over a critical cartoon. The agency fined...

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