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January 7, 2011

Ecuadoran radio denied license renewal on bogus charges

An Ecuadoran provincial radio station known for its criticism of local authorities was denied its license renewal based on bogus administrative violations, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Ecuadoran regulators must allow the station to report the news freely, CPJ said. "The decision to shut down Voz de la Esmeralda Oriental Canela Radio is clearly arbitrary and intended to silence a critical voice," said Carlos Lauría, senior programme coordinator for the Americas... MORE
December 8, 2010

Ecuadoran sports reporter beaten, threatened

Ecuadoran authorities must fully investigate a vicious attack Tuesday against Ecuadoran sports reporter Guido Manolo Campaña, who was abducted, beaten, and threatened while on assignment in the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged. Two gunmen seized Campaña, a reporter for the Guayaquil-based daily El Universo , from a bus that was en route to Esmeraldas, northwest of the capital, Quito, at about 1 p.m., the newspaper reported. Campaña... MORE
October 1, 2010

Ecuador, facing police revolt, censors news coverage

As a police rebellion threw Ecuador into chaos on Thursday, the government of President Rafael Correa ordered local radio and TV stations to interrupt programming and carry state news broadcasts. A dozen reporters were injured covering the police revolt. On Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the government's censorship of broadcast media and called on local authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible for attacks on journalists. On Thursday, hundreds of... MORE
August 31, 2010

Ecuadoran journalist critical of local authorities charged with terrorism

A government accusation that an Ecuadoran journalist "committed terrorism" is being described as retaliation for his harsh criticism of local authorities. On July 19, an unidentified individual tossed a tear gas canister to disperse a crowd during a visit of President Rafael Correa in the northern town of La Concordia, the Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo reported. Gas reached the stage where Correa was standing, and the president covered his face with a mask. Juan Alcívar Ríos, a... MORE