Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, from the Summit of Heads of States of Mercosur inParaguay, confirmed yesterday his opinion on the media.
“All economic hub has its media, not to inform, to meet their business,” Correa said in Asuncion, referring to his constant battle with the media.
He stated further that he has no interest to be remembered as a “censored” ruler by the press but for him it is important to assist the people of Ecuador.
The past June 21 the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), during a meeting in Washington, expressed their regret on the deterioration of press freedom in Ecuador.
In that occasion, the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Catalina Botero, regretted that even though the Ecuadorian government was committed to develop a code to exclude criminal contempt, libel and slander in the field of freedom of speech, Correa “has used the rules that the government had decided to reform last year to prosecute people who have opinion columns against him.” (FO)