The Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa [Unlink], today dismissed the criticism issued from the Inter American Press Society (SIP) on the alleged attacks on the private press in his country.Correa said he "has carelessly" which tells the SIP, the agency that concluded today its General Assembly in Lima with harsh criticism of the state of press freedom in Cuba, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela.The president, who elaborated on comments, also criticized the president of the IAPA, the Guatemalan Gonzalo Marroquin, who has warned of the alleged deterioration of press freedom in Ecuador."Solvency intellectual, moral, Mr. Marroquin has democratic than having silver (money) to buy a few newspapers in Guatemala," Correa said in a press conference in the coastal city of Guayaquil.Marroquin "can mean anything, neither will I or me coming," said the president of Ecuador and referred to a Telecommunications Act which is discussed in the National Assembly.In the legislature, "we are proposing a much more transparent, participatory," the radio spectrum, to democratize the society access to the radio, said the president.
The SIP, in its Assembly in Lima, warned that "attempts to silence the independent press in the region have continued, more and more intense throughout 2011."The organization said that the gravest danger facing journalists in the region "is the physical violence, crime and the impunity with which these crimes are committed."But the SIP noted that there are "intolerant and authoritarian governments" trying to silence the media and mentioned the case of Ecuador, where he said "numerous lawsuits have been filed against the media fosters a climate of self-censorship."He said that in Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Panama "governments seek to create a climate of hostility to the media, verbal abuse, in some cases, are led by the Heads of State."