Following the admission by the Constitutional Court of the unconstitutionality lawsuit against the Communication Law, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA,) is confident that the debate will be reopened in Ecuador “on a legislation that serves the government to censor independent and critical voices. ”
The authors of the lawsuit were politicians, former judges, journalists and writers who argue that the law violates various factors on freedom of expression.
For the president of the Commission on Freedom of the Press and Information of the IAPA, Claudio Paolillo, “this measure gives hope that in Ecuador it will be reconsidered the law that has emerged as a muzzle to the press and incentives self-censorship for fear of reprisals. ”
Among the 23 objections contained in the lawsuit, there are claims about the irregularities in the approval of the law, the definition of information as “public service” and the creation of a regulatory counsel.