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Ecuador pitches media law to rest of Latin America

By Andrew Rogers - Monday, July 28, 2014

Ecuador is pitching its media law to the rest of Latin America.

The country's 2013 communications law should be used as a basis for the rest of the region, as it would "strengthen democracy, solidarity, culture and identity," state news agency Andes quoted lawmaker Octavio Villacreces as saying.

Villacreces promoted a pan-Latin American communications law in a speech before the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), a regional organization comprising 23 of the region's parliaments.

Ecuador's media law set out plans to divide spectrum equally between public, private and community media outlets, and included regulations on so-called 'media lynching,' effectively prohibiting release of information that could discredit individuals or legal entities.

While the government hailed the law as the "final blow" to media concentration in the hands of a powerful few, a range of press freedom organizations have spoken out to condemn it.

The country's information and communications regulator Supercom's technical manager Elena Rodríguez also recently said that Venezuela was a "model" for Ecuador in terms of media regulation.

Ecuador's proposal for a regional communications law is also based on legislation in countries such as Argentina and Uruguay, according to Villacreces.

However, brokering an agreement on the legislation between the 23 countries which make up the Latin American parliament would appear to be a somewhat challenging prospect.