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Government broadcasts in Ecuador used as tool to counter dissent

(Fundamedios/IFEX) - 16 November 2012 - Can you imagine sitting in front of a TV for 8 days continuously without the possibility of carrying out any other daily activities such as eating or using the toilet? Well, this represents the amount of time it would take to watch and listen to all of the 1,365 "cadenas" - TV and radio broadcasts - ordered by the government of President Rafael Correa during the 6 years of his administration, which add up to a total of 11,793.19 minutes of air time.

This propaganda tool used to spread the official messages of the State is also an instrument of attack against the media that is not pro-government and their allies, who are described as “opponents” for thinking differently, according to Fundamedios.

In addition to the more than 20 media outlets in the State's hands, the use of cadenas is a powerful tool to spread the ideals of President Correa's socialism project known as the “citizens' revolution” or “revolución ciudadana”.

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