Government control of the media has increased steadily since Rafael Correa became president in 2006. Correa does not hesitate to personally and publicly criticize media outlets. Dismissal or defamation suits are the sanctions to which journalists are most often exposed. Some media outlets are often threatened with closure or exorbitant fines. A provision in the 2013 media law for sharing frequencies between state, privately-owned and community broadcasters has been a veiled mechanism for further undermining privately-owned broadcasters, which outnumber the other categories.c

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



108 in 2015

Global score


33.65 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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