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Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas – United States’ annual report criticizes lack of freedom of expression in Ecuador

Date: Mar 3, 2014

Another Latin American country highlighted in the report is Ecuador, where the restrictions to the freedom of expression and press make up the bulk of human rights violations that took place last year in the country.

The report states that “the government used legal mechanisms, like the defamation law and administrative rules, to suppress press freedoms and limit the freedom to congregate,” and that the government of President Rafael Correa “continued the verbal and legal attacks against the press during this year,” having declared the press “his worst enemy.”

The report stated that during his weekly speeches, Correa instigated government officials to present lawsuits against the media, which led to an increase in self-censorship among the news organizations.