International media and human-rights organizations have condemned the fiery leftwing leader of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, for conducting a comprehensive and ruthless assault on the news media.
After his reelection in February, and following the death in March of his ally Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Correa has deepened his efforts to eliminate Ecuador’s remaining legal rights. He has manipulated the nation’s court system to bully, silence and persecute opponents. His victims include journalists, civic and labor leaders, opposition politicians and businessmen who dare to criticize his abuses or to investigate corruption scandals.
To undermine constitutional separation of powers, Correa called a referendum in 2011 to “restructure” the Supreme Court, after which he appointed 21 new justices, most of whom had direct ties to him or his cabinet.… Seguir leyendo »