It might be wise to consider that Ecuador's involvement in this dispute may not be as altruistic in support of the right to publish without fear of reprisal as it currently seems... Ecuador split on asylum for Wikileaks' Julian Assange
... Cesar Ricaurte is the director of Fundamedios, a press freedom organisation:
"I think this is a sort of public-relations exercise," he says of the Assange decision. "It's an effort by the government to 'wash its face' - the face we see all the time in Ecuador."
Mr Ricaurte says journalists in Ecuador who are critical of the government operate in a "climate of constant aggression and hostility".
"Every week, there's something new. The government recently published photos of journalists considered to be 'enemies' in the state-run media, something which obviously puts those journalists at risk."
He also claims the government has closed some 20 media outlets under Mr Correa, including radio stations and a TV channel, using what he called "arbitrary administrative pretexts". Others have been directly punished for their anti-government editorial lines, Fundamedios claims.
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