Ecuador, Freedom of Press

Posted on July 25, 2011 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Human Rights Latin America, Police/Military Activity, Politics

For a man who calls his country’s legal system dysfunctional and corrupt, Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, has fared remarkably well before the courts. In 2008 he won a $600,000 suit against Banco Pichincha, the country’s biggest bank, because it had erroneously included him on a list of delinquent credit-card holders. On July 20th he was granted a far larger $40m judgment in a libel case against a columnist for the El Universo newspaper and three of the company’s directors, in a ruling that free-speech advocates say will have a chilling effect on the press. Read Article

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