After three years of the implementation of the Communications Law, the Superintendency of Communication (Supercom) raised “$ 633,000” with the collection of fines imposed on the media by offenses committed.
According to official data, detailed yesterday in a press conference by Superintendent Carlos Ochoa, the headquarters, based in Quito, collected $ 423,000; while zonal offices of Esmeraldas, $ 20,000; Riobamba, $ 53,000; Portoviejo, $ 27,000; Cuenca, $ 21,000; Loja, $ 26,000; and Guayaquil, $ 60,000. In total, $ 630,000, not $ 633,000 as he said.
After giving the information, Ochoa said: “I hope tomorrow newspapers publish the news with this headline: The Superintendency has collected $ 633,000 in the three years of work. I hope. Mya grandma used to say: `forewarned is forearmed.´” And he smiled.
During this period, 896 proceedings were processed; of them, 427 were complaints by local governments and citizens; and 469 are ex officio, driven by the Supercom.
In total, 561 penalties were reported, which are divided into 281 for radios ; 169 for print media; 111 for audiovisual media, “I understand that not all of them are monetary sanctions ,and these do not even reach the 30%,” said Ochoa.