New hope for independent media.
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. Nonetheless, after Rafael Correa’s three consecutive terms as president (from 2007 to 2017), which had a dire impact on press freedom, Lenin Moreno’s election as president in May 2017 has largely defused tension between the government and privately-owned media. The 2013 Organic Law on Communication (LOC), which Moreno has promised to amend during his term as president, has often been misused to fire journalists, bring defamation prosecutions against them and impose fines.
92 in 2018
30.56 in 2018