And people wonder why Ecuador is singled out for its attacks on the media…
On 6 June 2012, authorities of the General Intendancy of the Police, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Telecommunications Superintendancy (SUPERTEL) closed down and seized the equipment of radio station Net of the city of Ambato, in the province of Tungurahua in central Ecuador.
The battle for independent media in Ecuador has been going on for some time. President Rafael Correa has used every tool at his disposal to stifle any criticism of his government.
Besides the seizing of equipment — as noted above — Correa has sued publications that are critical of his administration. He won separate libel complaints against executives of the daily El Universo and authors of the book The Big Brother. The appeals courts — packed with Correa supporters — backed up the lower court decision. Even a statement by Correa earlier this year that he would pardon the journalists he sued, did not calm continued concerns for press freedom in the South American country.