Ecuador profile

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Ecuador presents a hostile environment for journalists and the media, international media freedom organisations say.

It is characterised by "self-censorship, intimidation, and legal sanctions", US-based Freedom House reports. The NGO says President Correa and other officials have targeted journalists and media outlets with aggressive rhetoric.

Defamation is a criminal offence. A 2013 Communications Law provides for regulation of editorial content and gives officials the power to sanction media outlets.

Most media outlets are privately-run. Ownership is highly concentrated.

Radio is a key medium; there are hundreds of stations, some broadcasting in indigenous languages. Soap operas and US series are staple fare on TV.

There were 7 million internet users by 2016 ( The government has attempted to force the removal of critical social media content on copyright grounds, says Freedom House.

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