Under Pressure By the Government, Ecuadorian Newspaper Shuts Down Its Print Edition

By: Dylan Baddour | Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

After 32 years of print publication, the Ecuadorian daily newspaper Hoy announced that it will stop printing, buckling under government policy which many allege intends to cripple independent press. Hoy, known as an opposition publication, will continue with digital publication.

“The gradual loss of freedoms and the limitation of constitutional guarantees that Ecuador suffers, the self-censorship that the Law of Communication imposes and the repeated attacks, direct and indirect, on non-government-controlled press have created for over seven years a setting totally adverse to the development of a newspaper that is diverse, free, independent, and open to different opinions,” said Hoy publisher Jaime Mantilla in an editorial on June 28 which announced the end of the print publication.

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