Ecuador: SUPERCOM in Ecuador regulates media content, doles out fines

Posted on July 3, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Human Rights Latin America Mioli – A government agency in Ecuador that regulates media content, dictates headlines and corrections that news organizations are forced to publish and doles out fines to those who dare to disobey has just celebrated its second anniversary and announced changes in the country’s controversial communications law. Despite an overwhelming condemnation from national and international organizations dedicated to advocate for freedom of expression and freedom of the press, the Ecuadorian government is happy with the work of this unprecedented agency called Superintendency of Information and Communication, also known by the acronym Supercom.


“I believe that now more than ever there exists a true freedom of expression in this country,” said Carlos Ochoa, the head of Supercom. In the last two years, Ochoa and his team examined more than 500 cases against media outlets, punished 313 companies and applied fines of about USD $274,000. Read Article

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