Yesterday the International Press Institute (IPI) released a special report from Vienna, in which it shows its concern about the new Communications Law in force in Ecuador since last June 25.
IPI emphasizes the creation of the Council of Regulation and Development of Information and Communication, and the Superintendence of Information and Communication, state agencies that, according to the report, would count “with the power to punish the press through a combination of legal and administrative sanctions. “
The international organization also criticizes that the Law allows the State to predetermine and limit the content that media and journalists can broadcast, as well as the creation of a new offense called “media lynching”, which would be, according to the report, an additional weapon for public officials to attack their critics.
For his part, the manager of Press Freedom of the IPI, Barbara Trionfi, criticizes that the debate that gave birth to the Communications Law, did not include representatives of the media, “this reflects the attitude of the Ecuadorian government to abandon press freedom and strive to break the work of organizations that, on a national and international scale, fight for this right, “said Trionfi, who urges the Ecuadorian government to reconsider the law.