Worrying increase in violence

Lenín Moreno’s election as president in May 2017 defused much of the tension between the government and privately-owned media. It followed Rafael Correa’s three consecutive presidential terms (from 2007 to 2017), which had a dire impact on press freedom and were marked by many dismissals of journalists, and by defamation suits and damages awards against journalists and media outlets critical of the government. Intimidation and attacks against reporters, especially during protests, and attacks against the premises of TV and radio stations are frequent and intensified in 2019. Ecuador’s journalists were traumatized in 2018 when two reporters and a driver from the newspaper El Comercio were abducted in a remote area on the Colombian border and then murdered. It raised many question about security and work methods when journalists operate in conflict zones that are not under the state’s control. 

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



97 in 2019

Global score


31.88 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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