Ecuador: Papers Leave Opinion Section Blank in Protest of Presidential Censorship

Posted on July 27, 2011 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Human Rights Latin America, Politics, Social Issues

According to the Ecuadorian newspapers El Comercio and Hoy altered their papers to protest a ruling that incarcerates three directors of the news organization, El Universo for three years and payment of a fee totaling $42 million. The ruling came after a journalist for El Universo wrote an opinion piece about Rafael Correa’s governmental actions entitled “No To Lies” or “No Mas Mentiras.” Reportedly, the opinion section of El Comercio was left blank Monday, July 19th with only the titles of opinion pieces dealing with the liberties of public expression appearing. Meanwhile, the national paper Hoy published their opinion section almost illegible, with faint print, while using titles such as, what will happen if one cannot express their opinion? Finally, on Thursday July 21st El Universo published a reflection on freedom of speech on its front page, written by the Russian-American Ayn Rand.Read Article

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