Mischaracterized press

 

The Sept. 24 article, Julian Assange and Ecuador’s strangled press, paints a very inaccurate and distorted picture of media in Ecuador and the reform measures that our government has put in place to protect journalists and to promote honesty, transparency and fairness.

Contrary to what Glenn Garvin claims, the Ecuadorian media landscape is diverse and full of debate and criticism from left, right, and center.

There are hundreds of media outlets — including very active and vocal opposition publications and journalists — and there are no journalists in prison.

The fact that these very contentious and controversial topics are debated publicly in our country — and that there exists diverse opinions around them — is the clearest evidence that a free and uninhibited press is alive and well in Ecuador.

Through our reforms, Ecuador’s government seeks to make sure that news is based on fact, and that opinion is transparently presented as such.

Anything less than this clarity would be a disservice to our citizens, just as Garvin’s blatant mischaracterization of media in Ecuador is a disservice to your readers.

Nathalie Cely, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States

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