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February 2, 2015
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Freedom of Speech: Rafael Correa Doesn’t Get It – PanAm Post

Correa reversed position, taking to Twitter to dismiss the idea of freedom of expression as an absolute right as “nonsense.” Correa then used his Citizen Link broadcast to claim that if France’s communication regulations mirrored those of Ecuador, which “regulate excesses,” the shootings wouldn’t have happened — suggesting that the cartoonists themselves were principally to blame for their own murder. Read more>>

January 30, 2015

Twitter Suspends User Account over Jokes at Correa’s Expense – PanAm Post

The Twitter account of satirical Facebook page Crudo Ecuador (@CrudoEcuador), known for its outspoken critiques of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, was suspended for several hours on the night of Wednesday, January 28, after having been the subject of a complaint that it had violated the rules of the social network. The anonymous administrator told local newspaper El Universo that the complaint about his account had been made by a user named @Ximahdigital, a digital communication agency that has previously received contracts from Correa’s government. There is wide speculation that several employees of the agency are also administrators of the El Patriota account, tasked with promoting Correa’s administration. Read more>>

January 27, 2015

Ecuador’s Correa Recruits Legion of Social Media Trolls – PanAm Post

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has declared war on his critics on social media. On Saturday, January 24, President Correa announced the launch of a new website designed to investigate and respond to social-media users that “attack” or “defame” his government. Read more>>

January 19, 2015

Is Ecuador’s ‘anti-imperialist’ president using US copyright law to censor online critics? – Global Post

It might come as a surprise to learn that Ecuadoreans who dare to post content critical of Correa and his government on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook say they are finding their images and videos systematically targeted and taken down. Even more unexpected is the justification being given time and again: the supposed violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed by US Congress in 1998. Read more>>

November 20, 2014

Thousands March in Ecuador to Protest Government Policies – Wall Street Journal

Thousands of people marched in the capital and other cities Wednesday to protest against President Rafael Correa ’s administration and some of its policies, including proposed labor reforms and constitutional amendments. Members of Ecuador’s labor unions and civic organizations and indigenous peoples took part in the march, which was organized by the United Workers Front, to demand changes to what they call “authoritarian attitudes” of the government. Read more>>

November 14, 2014

If you can’t beat ‘em, referendum – The Economist

The economic climate is becoming less friendly for Mr Correa. A steep fall in the price of oil, the main export, has cut into government revenues. That will make it harder for him to continue buying support by offering government employment to middle-class voters and subsidies and jobs in infrastructure projects to poorer ones. Read more>>

November 11, 2014

Ecuadorian government tightens its grip on the press as private media fears for survival – Journalism in the Americas

Privately-owned media companies have already been weakened in the seven years under Rafael Correa’s “citizens’ revolution.” The president has consistently berated private media in the country, accusing them of serving the interests of wealthy owners to the detriment of the people. But journalists say the executive leader is looking to silence dissent and further control the country’s press, which has become less critical of the government in recent years. Read more>>

October 22, 2014

Thank You, Rafael Correa – PanAm Post

After seven years of unbearable propaganda, your aggressive and tasteless style has made us sick to death. At the start, this style may have seemed interesting to some people. Now, most people recognize that discrediting other people that you consider to be enemies is the main strategy that you use to remain in power. This is highly frowned upon these days. You made the grave error of putting workers, students, and social leaders on a black list — the very same people that were key in your election as president. In other words, you threw your friends under the bus. Read more>>

October 8, 2014

Ecuador’s president is going “soft” on drug mules – Quartz

This won’t heal strained US-Ecuador relations. Ecuador is emptying its prisons of convicted drug ‘mules’ in an unprecedented rebuke to what President Rafael Correa has labeled as harsh drug laws imposed by Washington. ‘Mules’ are individuals who are paid-sometimes lucrative sums by drug cartels to smuggle narcotics out of the country. Their destination is usually the US, the largest drug market in the world. Read more>>

September 4, 2014

Ecuador taking control of what the public knows – Sun Sentinel

For years, authoritarian Latin American presidents have censored in-country publications critical of their actions. Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is no exception. Correa, who has a Masters and a PhD from the University of Illinois, goes much further. He has companies and government officials going after anyone who publishes or airs anything anywhere in the world that he considers disparaging. In simple terms: Correa wants to control what the world media has to say about his government. Read more>>

September 2, 2014

Correa-Tied Anti-Piracy Firm Targets Reporters Investigating Ambassador – Washington Free Beacon

An anti-Internet piracy firm with ties to the government of Ecuador, and its president Rafael Correa, on Friday filed a copyright complaint against a news organization that days earlier exposed potential corruption by the South American nation’s ambassador to the United States. Read more >>

August 28, 2014

Ecuador’s unhealthy dependence on China is about to get $1.5 billion worse – Quartz

These kinds of deals threaten president Rafael Correa’s reputation with Ecuadorean citizens—he has pledged to cut out private oil traders and middlemen from the country’s oil sector, but allowed a Chinese state firm and a private Hong Kong partner to control and sell as much two thirds of its oil. Activists are criticizing deals to trade drilling access in the Amazon for loans. Read more >>