Communications Law in Ecuador: When Censoring a Cartoon Becomes a Presidential Priority

12:00pm - 2:00pm Wed Mar 5, 2014

1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
United States

From the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA): "Since his reelection, President Rafael Correa has used a series of laws and decrees to constrain criticism and dissent. In June 2013, the National Assembly passed a restrictive communications law that designates the media as a public service subject to government regulation. Political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla was the first victim of this law following the publication of a cartoon that depicted the house raid of journalist Fernando Villavicencio. President Correa called Bonilla, among other things, “an assassin with ink.” Bonilla was forced to publish a correction, and El Universo paid a large fine. Join the Center for International Media Assistance and the Latin America and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy for a discussion on the restrictive nature of the communications law in Ecuador."

Xavier Bonilla
Political Cartoonist at El Universo

Martha Roldós
Fundación Mil Hojas

Carlos Lauría
Committee to Protect Journalists

Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:30

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