Freedom of the press in Ecuador Fact Sheet

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This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the current state of press freedom in the Republic of Ecuador.

This document includes examples of press freedom violations and other threats that journalists face in their pursuit of the truth.

The constitution of Ecuador includes provisions that protect freedom of the media. The current constitution, adopted in 2008, recognises and guarantees the right to freedom of expression, which encompasses freedom of the press and other forms of communication. Article 66 of the Ecuadorian Constitution explicitly safeguards the right to information and communication, emphasising the importance of an open, pluralistic, and diverse media system.

In Ecuador, journalists operate in an environment characterised by escalating hostility, imminent physical threats, and a pervasive atmosphere of self-censorship.

In the course of 2023, 224 out of 265 documented instances of aggression in Ecuador were targeted at journalists, media entities, and other communication professionals, impacting a total of 294 victims.

Acts of aggression by organised crime have surged by 870% compared to 2020 and 240% compared to 2022.

Read more facts on the state of press freedom in Ecuador in our report.

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