Ecuador president urges ministers to boycott private media

Americhe - 13/06/2012

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has said he is "seriously considering" ordering government ministers to give interviews only to public media and not to media run for profit.He is quoted as saying: "Why do we have to give interviews? to Televisa, to Teleamazonas, to El Universo if they are private businesses? Aren't we simply helping to fill the pockets of the six families that dominate the media at a national level?"Correa's remarks, made during his weekly televised address, came two weeks after he called for a citizen boycott against non-state media, whom he accuses of being a "media dictatorship" that is plotting against him.In a speech to a workers in Quito on 29 May, he declared: "As citizens, we have to react, to begin a campaign on Twitter, on the phone, through messages, in the streets so that [people] stop buying the corrupt press, which will hopefully cease being profitable, and buy instead El Telégrafo [a government-run paper]."The deputy director of the...