Ecuador's Lacking Freedom of the Press: The Recent Past and Hope for a Better Future

Picture courtesy of Fernando Antonio, Associated Press. The election of a new president, Lenin Moreno, in Ecuador this past May was a joyous day among many of Ecuador’s oppressed and oft-attacked reporters. The previous president, Rafael Correa, has a long history during his 10 years as president from 2007-2017 of attacking the media in all of its forms. His government did not hesitate to fine, charge and imprison multiple journalists. Correa’s most infamous statements of disdain for the nation’s press were his public comments about their lack of voracity and his acts of ripping up papers which criticized him and his governance - especially the El Universo, against which he filed a libel sui

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