Aldo Mariátegui, director of the Peruvian newspaper Correo, answered in a video the words that President Rafael Correa said during his visit to that country for the presidential possession ceremony of Ollanta Humala.
On July 28 this year, Daily Correo, published as its headline on its front page “repudiation.” Besides that Mariátegui decided to leave blank his daily opinion column. “This column is blank to protest against Rafael Correa, a regrettable Ecuadorian autocrat populist that attacks freedom of expression in his country.”
President Correa subsequently responded Correo saying:
“This is my best answer for this pasquinade to its owners, managers, publishers who have written trying to offend me,” he said before reading the words of the poet Luis Cordero Crespo, President of Ecuador in the late nineteenth century. “If a dog bites me in anger, I feel it, but I remain undeterred, because he, like every fool, hurts, but causes no injury. It would be a great mistake on my part if trying to express my anger I make a decision to start a great fight against that unhappy dog.”
“With their primitivism they show exactly what they try to deny: abuse, misconduct, corruption, and dishonesty of some press.” (FL)