Target: Fernando Cordero Cueva, President of the Ecuadorian National Assembly
Goal: Don’t restrict what the media can say and who has access to it
There is currently a bill under debate in the Ecuadorian National Assembly. This bill is intended to democratize ownership and access to media, but some of the provisions in it will actually restrict the media. The bill will allow the government to restrict what the media says as well as who has access to it. In a country with some history of media censorship, this bill will ultimately have a negative effect on the right to free speech and information in Ecuador.
The bill has provisions prohibiting content that ‘directly incites violence, illegal actions, human trafficking, exploitation, sexual abuse, or promotes war and national, racial or religious hatred.’ This is a broad enough description that any content disagreed with by a government official may be prohibited. Ecuadorian journalists who have been critical of government in the past have been silenced, and this bill will give the government more reason to silence these journalists. The bill also allows wide use of presidential addresses which preempt all private broadcasting, and takes away a former regulation that these addresses must be for official information.
If this bill is passed, it will undermine the media’s ability to inform the public. The government will be given great liberty to infringe on the right of free speech and access to information. This will ultimately have a negative effect on free speech and information access for every citizen of Ecuador, and may spread this negative effect worldwide.
Dear National Assembly President Cueva,
There is a bill currently under debate in the National Assembly which will change the way media operates in Ecuador. The bill is intended to democratize ownership and access to media, but will instead limit the media’s ability to share information with the public. There are provisions which will allow the government to suppress any information they disagree with as well as allow government figures to say what they like.
I ask you to stop this bill from passing. It will severely undermine the media’s ability and duty to inform the public. This bill will ultimately have a negative affect on free speech and access to information for every Ecuadorian citizen. It will not fill its original intent. Stop this bill in order to protect the rights of the media and the citizens of Ecuador.
[Your Name Here]