According to the Superintendency of Communication (Supercom), the so-called “citizens broadcasts” made every Saturday by President Rafael Correa, are not content to be considered applicable with the Communications Law.
These spaces “are not contents covered under the scope of the Communications Law,” replied Supercom to a reply request made by the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, Blasco Peñaherrera Solah, who claims that on last February 23, during a Saturday broadcasts, Correa slandered and insulted him because he did not agree with some information posted on Peñaherrera’s Twitter account, regarding the vote intention for the mayoralty of Quito.
Peñaherrera then turned to the government media EcuadorTV and to the Secretariat of Communication (Secom) requesting the reply, but he did not get an answer. Then he took his complaint to the Supercom, where their right of reply was also not heard.
The Supercom says the law provides a meaning of communication media, “and the President cannot be characterized as such” and his activities are acts of governance.