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Ecuador Seeks to Control Opposition Media by Designating Press a 'Public Service'


Correa, who has already faced criticisms for silencing members of the press that choose to criticize his socialist government, proposed a constitutional amendment this week that would make the media a "public service" rather than a public industry. According to Infobae, the idea surfaced at a meeting of Alianza País, Correa's political party. 

"Why not make a constitutional amendment to establish that communications, and particularly information, are not merely private business but a public service that has to be guaranteed appropriately to society?" Correa asked his party. As the president and leader of the party, Correa's decision could make the constitutional amendment part of the party platform and potentially bring all of Ecuador's news media under Correa's control. "That," he concluded during his pitch, "would be to continue expanding our revolution."

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