In the recent Saturday Broadcast (November 26th) by President Rafael Correa a debate on judicial accountability that could meet the tweeters for the content of their messages was opened.
The debate was generated as a result of the alleged death threat that received Correa last November 10th, when Javier Genovez wrote on his Twitter account: “Ave @MashiRafael (Correa’s twitter account), greetings from the ones that are going to kill you.”
While the ruling party, led by Correa, considered that tweeter messages should be judicially harassed, the opposing group said that Twitter is a free space to express their points of view without retaliation.
Genovez was released on Friday, November 25, 2011, after he apologized the Ecuadorian president saying his message was an outburst. However, many tweeters expressed their rejection on what happened by creating the hashtag #cierralacuentamashi (Shut your mouth Mashi).
- “That’s bullshit that they threaten @MashiRafael, all cowardly dictators invented assassinations to show themselves as good people, that’s pathetic.”
- “@MashiRafael do not believe everything internet says and know that you #never can stop all those who are against you in the network.”
- Correa even urged to conduct a referendum to determine if the Ecuadorians agree on let any tweeter to threaten.
- “A referendum on social networks at $ 0 seems to be the justification for spending more, right?.”
- “Mr @mashirafael, 3 weeks to find a bad faith twitterer. Two years have passed and there is not an investigation to find the hired killer who murder my father. It is not fair. “
- “Why those who defend freedom of expression are defamed by your means in ‘public’. Here we know the truth.”