Assuming Absolute Power

ECUADOR - Report 27 Jun 2013 by Magdalena Barreiro

Executive Summary

The "steamroller" – as the new Congress is nicknamed – recently passed two key laws: the first granting the president absolute power over communication, the second appearing to ease mining concession terms for corporations.

Now the president, through his delegate in the to-be-created Superintendency of Communication, may decide what is legal or illegal in relation to media publications. He will also be empowered to impose punishments, including incarceration. This law is the decisive move in the unequal six-year battle between the governm...

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