New hope for independent media.
After Rafael Correa’s three consecutive terms as president (from 2007 to 2017), which had a dramatic impact on press freedom, Lenin Moreno’s election as president in May 2017 has defused tension between the government and privately-owned media. During his presidency, Correa constantly controlled the media agenda and did not hesitate to personally and publicly target critical independent media outlets, leading to repeated conflicts. The 2013 Organic Law on Communication (LOC), which was often misused to fire journalists, bring defamation prosecutions against them and impose fines, should be amended under President Moreno.
105 in 2017
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