Special Rapporteur's Office warns of impacts of organized crime on journalism in Ecuador

  • Source: IACHR
  • March 27, 2024

“The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) calls on the State to investigate and punish attacks and attacks against journalists; and to strengthen their security, as well as the protection mechanism in Ecuador.

So far in 2024, the Office of the Special Rapporteur has received information on acts of violence against journalists, press workers, and media outlets in Ecuador. According to reports from civil society organizations, between January and February of this year, around 58 attacks were recorded, most of which were carried out by non-state actors, including organized crime groups through threats, armed attacks and obstructions to journalistic coverage.

The Commission and its Office of the Special Rapporteur have repeatedly pointed out that these events are part of a context of serious deterioration in citizen security, stability, and democratic governance. In addition, they are part of the internal armed conflict decreed in Ecuador and are mainly due to the actions of criminal groups in the country.”


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