For the first time, through a public statement, the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, when asked for his opinion on the current Ecuadorian communications law, said “I do not like it”, adding that he “doesn’t agree at all with any restriction with the press. “
Santos, former assistant manager of the Bogota Newspaper El Tiempo, criticized that Ecuador denounces the “media lynching” and the creation of an Information and Communication Superintendence as the controlling body, as well as the Council for the Regulation of Media, which would intervene in the access of information and content.
Santos, who studied journalism in the U.S. said: “I grew up in a newspaper, I lived all my life defending the freedom of the press and that is something that I have inside, in my blood”.
The president further explained that “sometimes when I see injustices made by the press, I immediately put it into reason, that’s a very minor evil against the possibility of not having an active or critic press, which for me, every day it is like a cold shower. ”