In a not too surprising move the government of Ecuador suspended the Teleamazonas television station for three days. The government charges the station aired false information about damages caused to the island of Puna because of work by the Venezuelan oil company PSVSA.
In other action, the government also revoked the license of an indigenous radio station. The government said the station incited a riot in October over a government plan to allow for mining in the protected indigenous areas of the Amazon.
Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa is good buds with Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez, who himself is no fan of an independent media. Correa has been following Chavez’s lead in media suppression for a number of months. This action is just the latest.
- New York Times: Ecuador Suspends Signal Of Private TV Channel
- Global Voices: Ecuador: Government Suspends Television Channel Teleamazonas
- CPJ Blog: Critical TV station suspended in Ecuador
- Canadian Press: Ecuador government orders opposition television station to stop broadcasting for 72 hours