The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) “invited” President Rafael Correa to request an advisory opinion on “the compatibility of the Communications Act with international standards” regarding human rights.
The request was included in the specific resolution issued on Ecuador at the end of the general assembly held until yesterday in Charleston, United States.
The country was ‘demanded’ to “guarantee the due process” and the “right of defense” in the actions arising from the standard, which was described as “an instrument to restrict freedom of speech and press, and to promote self-censorship.”
The IAPA considers that “major attacks” are related to its implementation and the processes that the Superintendency of Communication, created through the standard, initiates.
The SIP concluded that 2015 “has become the most violent year for the practice of journalism (in Ecuador), since attacks on media and journalists outnumber those recorded in previous years.”
In its resolution on Ecuador, the association “urged” President Correa to make “his government take the path of tolerance and guarantee the right of association of citizens and, in particular, ensure the validity of the legal status of Fundamedios.”