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By Diego Sánchez de la Cruz

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion; when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed”.

 Last week, on the 21st of July issue, these were the only words that made the front page of “El Universo”. Ecuador’s main newspaper has just lost a legal battle against the President of the country, Rafael Correa, who will now receive $40 million dollars in compensation. The directors and the former opinion editor of “El Universo” will also have to serve three years in prison.

Indeed, this extreme, disproportionate and overwhelming sentence is one more step in the path towards authoritarianism. Just like Hugo Chávez does in Venezuela, Correa’s government does not hesitate to interrupt programs and attack journalists. In fact, two of Ecuador’s most famous political analysts (Jorge Ortiz and Carlos Vera) were forced out of their respective programs after suffocating pressure from the Executive.

 The president of the Inter American Press Association, Gonzalo Marroquín, has explained that the sentence against “El Universo” is a “serious blow to the most essential principles of freedom of information”. According to Marroquín, the resolution “confirms that Ecuador’s government continues with its systematic and hostile campaign to do away with the independent press and establish – by law or through the courts – ownership of the truth that all the Ecuadorean people must swallow”. (1)

Indeed, Ecuador is facing a moment of truth. The government keeps expanding its powers at the expense of basic human freedoms. This dispute is one more example of the authoritarian nature of Correa’s project.

Comments

Brian Yoder July 26, 2011 - 7:54 am

That’s a nice Ayn Rand quote there on the front page of the newspaper. In case you were wondering here’s the English Translation:

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion; when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.”

Hoteles en Guayaquil July 21, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Living here in Ecuador I believe the press now has a certain fear to publish what they really want to say, which is exactly what the government wanted to happen, thats how it starts, we ll see where it goes from here.

D.
http://www.GuayaquilAirportHotel.com

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D April 23, 2016 - 12:10 am

As the years pass the freedom gets less and less for the press here in Ecuador. Just sayin.

D
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