Ecuador, Where Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum, Is No Utopia For Journalists

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is bound for the sunnier skies of Ecuador, on this whirlwind tour of countries semi-hostile to the United States. While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past, including Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, the country is no utopia for journalists. Given a “Partly Free” rating by Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press scale, their report notes:

“Attacks on journalists and media houses continue to rise. In 2011, Fundamedios, the national press freedom watchdog organization, cited nearly 150 incidents of aggression (physical, verbal, and legal) against the media by authorities as well as by ordinary citizens.”

President Rafael Correa reportedly called the media “assassins with ink.” At least one journalist who criticized Correa’s handling of a police uprising had to flee to Miami after being charged with three years imprisonment under the country’s not-so-friendly defamation laws.

Correa has hit back at…

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