Press freedoms in Ecuador
04 de Marzo de 2014 - 05h47
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Lea la carta del Embajador Juan Falconi Puig, en respuesta al artículo “Drawn and quartered” publicado el 7 de febrero 2014 en la versión impresa de la revista “The Economist”:
SIR – “Drawn and quartered” (February 8th) claimed that freedom of speech is threatened in Ecuador. You cited a ruling by the media regulator that a correction should be published for a cartoon in a newspaper. But you omitted a key fact: the correction was not to the cartoon but to its caption. You chose to omit this caption when reprinting the cartoon. This is a case of selecting the facts to fit your story.
The actual situation is that Ecuadorean media regulations prevent outlets from taking an “institutional position over the innocence or guilt of people involved in a legal investigation”. The caption in question clearly violated this regulation. It claimed that the seizing of computers as part of a criminal investigation was not due to the fact that the president’s and vice-president’s e-mails had been hacked but was because the computers were full of “evidence of corruption”. This was a clear interference in the legal investigation and an unsubstantiated claim and thus needed to be corrected.
Freedom of speech is not a freedom to defame. Should the press, unlike the rest of society, operate without legal and democratically established regulations?
Juan Falconí Puig
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