The Court of Contentious Administrative of Quito has ordered the Superintendent of Communication, Carlos Ochoa, to publicly apologize to the newspaper El Comercio, for having no legal arguments to publish a rectification on the front page, in May 2015. The Court left effect the sanction imposed on El Comeracio, for a story about the cost of the Coca Codo Sinclair project, by journalist Alberto Araujo.
The ruling, notified on December 22, is subject to an appeal, which may be filed by the Supercom.
In a term of 15 days the Supercom must publish, at its expense, a public apology to the newspaper El Comercio on the first page of that medium; which, together with the copy of the judgment, should be sent to the Council for the Regulation and Development of Information and Communication (Cordicom), to be published on its website and, in the first interface of the El Comercio website, for a period of no less than seven consecutive days.
Both the content of the sentence and the public apology must be published on the website of the Superintendency of Information and Communication for 30 consecutive days, within five days from when the ruling is enforceable.
According to the judges Verónica Jiménez and Tatiana Martínez, there was no reason to impose the sanction on that means of communication. Yesterday, another judge, Lucila Gómez, also ordered Superintendent Ochoa to apologize to Teleamazonas for a similar sanction, which was also filed by the judge. (I)