Freedom of the Press

Ecuador

Ecuador

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

40

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

10

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

15

Four articles of the Criminal Code penalize defamation of the president, court officials, or corporate heads. These restrictions are seldom enforced, although one TV journalist was found guilty of criminal defamation in July. The print and broadcast media, mostly privately owned, are critical of government. Journalists censor themselves regarding sensitive subjects such as politics or the armed forces. The government licenses radio frequencies.