The reaction of Communication superintendent Carlos Ochoa to the criminal complaint for alleged forgery and use of public documents, was to deny that the Communication Act was amended.
This, referring to the complaint filed by Fundamedios and the Bar Association of Pichincha before the possible modification of the regulations in about 300,000 pocket books and the alleged sanction the Superintendency would have applied to media based on that amended section.
Ochoa, according to daily El Comercio, claimed “he has not provided or ordered any amendment to the Law” and recognizes that this is an exclusive competence of the National Assembly. He says that the modification was due to a transcription error at the time of sending the text to the printing office.
(“The Superintendency has not raised any administrative proceeding for breach of the sixth transitory provision of the Communications Law,” Ochoa said.
In that regard, he announced a course organized by the Superintendency so that university students report the content of the law.
Yesterday, the president of the Bar Association of Pichincha, Ramiro Garcia, said that during an interview Ochoa recognized the behavior which today is a matter of debate since he told daily El Universo, on July 11, 2016, that “all he did was an arrangement, instead of section 102, the obvious spirit of the law.”