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Journalism program goes off the air in Ecuador; sources say move came after government pressure

"The program 'Los irreverentes' —hosted by journalists Sol Borja, Fabricio Vela and José Luis Cañizares—, which was broadcast on RTU, was cancelled. Fundamedios learned, unofficially, that the cancellation occurred after pressure from the Government in the face of the criticism expressed in the program. Sources from the media outlet deny it and point out that […]

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Ecuadoran journalist Mónica Velásquez Villacís among recipients of IWMF's 35th Courage in Journalism Awards

Mónica Velásquez Villacís, an Ecuadoran journalist with La Posta, was announced as one of this year's recipients of the annual Courage in Journalism Awards, granted by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) to honor the remarkable bravery of women and non-binary journalists in their pursuit of reporting. In its announcement, the IWMF highlighted Velásquez Villacís' […]

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Family members of murdered team from El Comercio say government gave them incomplete records about 2018 killings

"Relatives of the members of the journalistic team from Ecuadoran newspaper El Comercio who were abducted and murdered in 2018 by a Colombian dissident group of the FARC, denounced this Friday [May 17] that the Ecuadoran government gave them incomplete secret minutes of the Public and State Security Council (COSEPE, for its acronym in Spanish) […]

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Ecuador delivers classified documents to relatives of El Comercio journalists murdered in 2018

"This Thursday [May 9], the Ecuadoran government delivered classified documents to relatives of the journalistic team from newspaper El Comercio that was murdered in 2018. The documents were from deliberations of the Security Council during the time the team was abducted by a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its […]

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Ecuadoran journalist held hostage in front of cameras asks for asylum in United States

“Some terrifying images went around the world in January. They showed how a television crew in Ecuador was held hostage by a group of criminals during a live broadcast. But the most shocking thing was the image of journalist José Luis Calderón while he was subdued by these subjects. Since then, his life took a […]

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Severance payment ordered for former employees of defunct newspaper El Nacional de Machala, in Ecuador

"In August 2023, newspaper El Nacional of [the southern Ecuadoran city] Machala, founded in 1964, ceased publication. After the closure of the newspaper, 27 former employees and retired workers did not receive their severance payments, nor answers from the shareholders. Now, with a ruling of the [regulatory body] Superintendency of Companies, the company that owned […]

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Ecuador: Judge sentences two teenagers to eight years in prison for attack on TC Televisión

“Almost three months after the Los Tiguerones criminal group attacked the TC Televisión facilities, in the north of Guayaquil, [Ecuador], a judge from the Minor Offenders Unit sentenced two minors to eight years in prison for the crime of terrorism. [...] In the proceedings, which took place in the Florida Norte judicial complex, in Guayaquil, […]

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President of Ecuador Daniel Noboa Signs Chapultepec and Salta Declarations

"Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa committed on Tuesday [March 26] to guaranteeing press freedom and freedom of expression in his country by signing the Chapultepec and Salta declarations after a meeting with an international delegation from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). The meeting took place at the Carondelet Presidential Palace in the city of Quito. […]

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

“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 […]

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IAPA delegation to meet with President Daniel Noboa in Ecuador

"An international delegation from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is traveling this week to Ecuador to meet with President Daniel Noboa, among other authorities, journalists, and media representatives, to address the situation of press freedom in the country. President Noboa will sign the Chapultepec and Salta declarations, committing to guaranteeing press freedom and freedom […]