Judge Douglas Quintero from the Electoral Tribunal (TCE), acquitted Daily Hoy of the lawsuit filed by the Minister’s policy coordinator, Doris Soliz, for breaking the silence during the election days before the referendum of May 7th in Ecuador.
The statement read by Quintero stated that “the newspaper did not commit a breach of Article 277, paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Code of Democracy.”
With this ruling, the judge approved the version of this media which said they never violated the electoral silence, as Paul Baca Mancheno, counsel of Minister Soliz challenged from the beginning.
The newspaper was accused of making publications with modified pictures that showed the indigenous leader, Dolores Cacuango along with Monsignor Leonidas Proaño and Independence hero, Eugenio Espejo with their mouths covered with tape next to the AEDEP logo, referring to press freedom and persuading readers to vote “No” to questions 9 and 3 in the referendum. (BG)
Source: Daily Hoy