Press Freedom: Still an Issue in Developing Countries

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The people of Ecuador are being asked to vote in a referendum on whether the country should have a media regulator that journalists fear will inhibit of expression.

The referendum will take place on May 7, and the population will have to ask questions on a range of issues.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York is alarmed with one of the communication law. The Government wants to establish a law to create a council to regulate media content.

CPJ's executive director Joel Simon argues that the law "would open door to government censorship." On a letter sent to Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, he adds:

"We urge you to immediately withdraw these questions and respect the guarantees on free expression that are enshrined in the Constitution and international treaties."

Ecuador is not the only country dealing with press freedom. In major developing countries this is an issue that government has to face.

Press freedom is the major key of democratic societies and therefore has to be protected. This is the first step to human rights and developing countries have to be aware of that.

Remember Thomas Jefferson's words: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

Hopefully, the Ecuador's Administration will drop the project after celebrating the press freedom day on May 3.


KatieSchober April 20, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

I wish I knew more about the history of attacking free press around the world. It seems like so much of this is going on lately- I can't figure out whether it's my lack of attention in the past, or whether this is a huge issue surfacing around the world. If it's the latter, then I'm really freaked out.

Erin Gerken April 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

It's weird to think about the fact that some countries don't have as much freedom and as many rights as we do here in the US. I really hope that more countries around the world start to adopt policies like ours.

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