Ecuador: Radio Station Sanctioned for making jokes about Chinese

Posted on April 1, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Social Issues reported on March 22, 2016 the Superintendent of Communication and Information (Supercom) sanctioned officially sanctioned Radio Canela with a fine equivalent to 10% of turnover averaged last 3 months, “discriminatory” comments made ​​by speakers Marcos Vera “the Godfather” and Henry Flores, against Chinese citizens.

In “The Members Show” aired on November 10, 2015 between the hours of 15:00 to 18:00, broadcasters, imitating Chinese accent and mockingly, program commented that with the high cost of sending the body of a Chinese citizen to his country of origin, it is better to cut their limbs and send by the chifas.

This for Supercom is in breach of Articles 62 and 63 of the Organic Law of Communication (LOC) regarding the transmission of discriminatory content on grounds of ethnicity, culture and place of origin against the Chinese community. The regulator was based on the resolution of the Council of the Regulation and Development of Information and Communication (Cordicom) to qualify discrimination of these reviews.

During the hearing the defense of the substantiation argued that the program is identified as entertainment and therefore the jokes are there are treated with the playful theme. However, for the defense of Supercom, the media can disseminate humorous content and entertainment programs, but without discriminating.

Supercom fined the means by repeat offender, since the November 23, 2015, Radio Canela already received a first sanction to disseminate discriminatory content against the LGBTI community, reiterating the offense in less than 12 months. Read Article


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