Comments on: Reserved for Press Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: JRobertoD Tue, 27 Sep 2011 01:02:35 +0000 Dear Sir or Madam

I am from Ecuador. And now I am pursuing a graduate degree in economics in the US.

I just want to say that although I agree with the fact that people should have the right to express themselves freely, in the case of Ecuador the private media that this article is trying portray as the defender of freedom of speech has shared interests with the corrupt banking system that took our country to its worst economic crises at the beginning of the century

Most Ecuadorians are aware of this situation and that is why even though the media in Ecuador is extremely biased, President Correa remains widely popular. In fact to a certain extent people like me believe that Correa has given us a voice in a situation where only the powerful had a voice before thanks to their monopoly of information.

Thank you very much

Roberto D

By: jorgebaldeon Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:05:08 +0000 For the reader’s information, this quote is taken completely out of context and does not reflect what he is saying. I recommend watching the original video.

“In Latin America … it seems very strange that there is no jail sentence for damaging a human being’s honor, although there is jail for those who are charged with mistreating a dog,” he said.

By: jorgebaldeon Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:16:21 +0000 Dear Reuters,
This is exactly why we in Ecuador don’t trust the media any more. I am an ecuador citizen living abroad and I follow quite closely what happens in my country. I have learned that in order to get the real image of what happened it is not enough to read the newspapers, because, like in this article, there are many slanted opiniones that are written like facts.

If any readers after reading this have a very discusting view of the president of my country, I beg that you reconsider and give us a chance. The hatred that you have for leaders like Correa are only a political manipulation. I have seen Correa’s intervention at columbia. Many things here are taken out of context and ideas are not complete. I dare the readers to dig deeper, and go to the sources: hQ

By: dnorona Sat, 24 Sep 2011 04:44:52 +0000 mr bases

i am an ecuadorian who lives in Ecuador and has passed his youth in the midst of the turmoil of a political transition. Sadly in this transition there are power groups (from the economic elite), who are not willing to lend any power or to cede to the claims of change from the people. In latin america the media has always been linked with economic power and to aristocratic families who by publishing stories from their own interest, have even brought down presidents. I am supporter of Mr. Correa, because from the 1st time in 10 years, I can feel that there is something changing not only in the structure of the State, but on the basis of our society as Ecuadorians. However, as I stated earlier, certain groups will not want to disengage from the current status quo that has mantained an entire region under developed and under educated.

That is why in the specific case of Ecuador, the elites are portraying themeselves as the safekeepers of freedom, when 7 years ago they didnt recognized union rights or when they indeed controlled the judicial branch of government.

This is a multidimensional problem that sadly most Human Rights advocates fail to observe, and see that the real human rights violation were done previously by the ones who currently claim their own rights have been violated.

Thank You


By: MilouEc Sat, 24 Sep 2011 02:11:53 +0000 Correa says he is a tolerant president. But his performance of today shows his real face: he does not have any scrupules while dealing with whomever does not agree with his ideas.

Right now, in Ecuador, people are being persecuted for every demonstration of inconformity with his rule. He has dismantled the tripartite power structure of a democratic society, and has created a regime where he himself controls every branch of government.

Yes, it was laughable for such a man to speak about freedom of expression. His attitude against CPJ’s Carlos Lauria tells volumes about the way Correa deals with critics.