53 newspapers affiliated to the Colombian Association of Newspaper Publishers and Media (Andiarios for its Spanish acronym), published an editorial on Friday about the risks of press freedom in Ecuador with the new Communications Act, which was described by President Rafael Correa as “rude, blatant and indelicate”.
The editorial, entitled ‘Final blow for Media freedom in Ecuador?’, is “intervening on national issues,” said Rafael Correa.
He said that the 53 newspapers committed the crime of collusion when agreeing to defend their interests “and present a lie.” “It’s the crowd, a ‘ring’ that defends business,” and he compared them with the business of U.S. arms.
“Could it be that they fear that with the example of Ecuador, Colombians will react as Ecuador did and also impose a communications law to defend the abuses of corrupt press that exists in Colombia and Latin America and around the world?” asked Correa in his Saturday broadcast from Atahualpa, El Oro.
Correa again defended the Communications Act approved by the National Assembly and focused on several items of the Law, which he said is “remarkable for good press and concerning for the corrupt press, and … You know what? Well done”.