In a letter sent to the main department of El Universo Newspaper, dated on February 7, 2014, head of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS for its Spanish acronym), Fernando Cordero, claimed the alleged breach of the Communications Law, in the case of the public purchase of $ 200,000 in Condorito magazines, carried out by that entity.
“In today’s issue of the journal of your department, on the case of the Condorito magazines, the rules of the Communications Law are being breached again so they keep distorting information, trying to harm the corporate image and reputation of the Board President of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security.” “Its is clear how there is rudeness, decontextualization and distortion at the time of handling such information and for these reasons, I demand again my right to my reply (the letter).”
In the text, Cordero says that Article 24 of the said Law is disrespected because his reply should have been “the subject to appear on the cover and not my statements yesterday. The article is clear and precise: ‘any person (¼) that has been directly alluded (as you have done with me) through a media on a way that affects their rights to dignity, honor or reputation, is entitled to get his or her response to such accusations, published on the same space, page and section…”
Cordero further stated that “during the three days that have kept the issue on its agenda, no journalists of your media had tried to fully investigate the issue, and only consulting the official website of Public Procurement.”