Ecuador stood only three points away from being considered a country without free speech, according to Freedom House, the world’s most prestigious organization which monitored the state of speech freedom on the planet.
Just today we celebrate the Freedom of Expression Day in the world and on this day, the organization placed Ecuador as “partly free” and places the country along with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Peru and Dominican Republic.
If Ecuador lowers its score, it would be in the same level as Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras and Mexico, which are considered as countries without free of speech.
The agency ranks countries according to a rating ranging from 0 to 100, and Ecuador scored 58 points.
From 0 to 30 points is considered a free-speech country, 31 to 60 points are the countries considered partly free, and from 61 to 100 are cuntries without freedom of speech.
Freedom House considers that the country has experienced one of the largest declines in freedom of expression in the world by losing 17 points since 2008. (ARL)