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Ecuador's Correa orders dissolution of freedom of expression organization

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 10:14 UTC
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According to César Ricaurte, the legal process that Secom has started does not make any distinction between partisan politics and political journalism. According to César Ricaurte, the legal process that Secom has started does not make any distinction between partisan politics and political journalism.
Fundamedios was created in 2007 as a platform of support for journalists. It has  monitored and reported on threats to freedom of speech, press, and association Fundamedios was created in 2007 as a platform of support for journalists. It has monitored and reported on threats to freedom of speech, press, and association
President Correa has repeatedly clashed with the media and has put in place legislation that severely limits press activities and opinions President Correa has repeatedly clashed with the media and has put in place legislation that severely limits press activities and opinions

Fundamedios, an Ecuadorian organization that defends freedom of expression, is now the one in need of defense, as it faces state-mandated closure. On Tuesday, September 8, its directors reported that they had received a letter from the National Communications Secretariat (Secom), which informed them of the beginning “of the dissolution process” against the institution.

 The Andean Foundation for the Observation and Study of the Media (Fundamedios) was created in 2007 as a platform of support for journalists. It has since monitored and reported on threats to freedom of speech, press, and association in Ecuador, where heavy handed president Rafael Correa does not like dissident or opposition media.

However, for Secom, Fundamedios has engaged in what they describe as partisan political activities, by sharing content from two blogs with political analysis: State of Propaganda, by the journalist Roberto Aguilar; and Common Sense, which belongs to journalist José Hernandez.

Thus, Secom’s statement asserts that the organization has “failed to comply with Articles 6 and 9 of its current statutes,” as well as “the provisions of [Fundamedios’] Article 37.”

Article 6 of Fundamedios’ statute stipulates that “the Foundation as such may not get involved in political, racial, labor, trade unions, and religious issues.”

Meanwhile, Article 9 states that the institution “is a non-governmental organization with a social character, born as an initiative of professionals and citizens, to promote the dissemination of social development, in all areas … in the media.”

In addition, Secom’s letter alleges that Fundamedios has violated the “second, penultimate, and final clauses defined in Article 22, formerly Article 26, of the Regulation of the Unified Information System for Social Organizations.”

This regulation, also known as Decree 16, stipulates that deviations from the objectives and purposes for which a social organization was constituted are grounds for dissolution.
Finally, Secom announced that Fundamedios had 10 days to exercise the right to defense, and to present the “exculpatory evidence it deems appropriate in this administrative process.”

According to César Ricaurte, executive director of the organization, the legal process that Secom has started against Fundamedios has “no rhyme or reason.”

In an interview with Quito newspaper El Comercio, Ricaurte argued that the regulatory agency is not making a distinction between partisan politics and political journalism.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Mendoza Canadian

    Following in the footsteps of his comrades in Venezuela and Bolivia. La cretina tried this several times...these dictators are so afraid of the media.

    Sep 11th, 2015 - 12:50 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    WTF is wrong with the South American people to allow their leaders to do this and to continue on this path? They are nothing more than a civilian counterpart of the past military junta's. I hope they, the people understand that no one in the free world will come to their aid they they, the frog in boiling water wakes up and suddenly realize that they are the meal and are being cooked. It will be too late.

    South America will be the new eastern Europe of the past and the ending will be the same.

    BTW..........Hey Assange....still happy with your choices?

    Sep 11th, 2015 - 01:20 pm 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Poppy,

    How can Assange, the Whistleblower NOT report on this - hypocrite!!

    We hear nothing from him about Venezuela either.

    Sep 11th, 2015 - 02:11 pm 0
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