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How Ecuador's plan to make communications a public service is threat to free press

The following is a CPJ Blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent:

Attempts to amend Ecuador's constitution to categorize communications as a "public service" has sparked a fierce debate, with one critic drawing comparisons to the way dictators such as Stalin and Hitler used the press as a propaganda tool, and supporters of President Rafael Correa's government arguing that the proposed reforms will make journalism more accountable and accessible.

Government officials insist that the proposed amendment will democratize the media, which they claim is dominated by private interests too powerful to be self-regulated. Opponents claim that free expression would no longer be a fundamental right and would instead become a public service, opening the door for the government to exercise broad regulatory powers over all media outlets.

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