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Good journalism vital for democracy, says Ecuadorian President

Wednesday 6 January 2016, by SIGNIS

Quito, Brussels, January, 6th, 2016 (Prensa Latina/SIGNIS). “Good journalism is vital for democracy”, declared yesterday President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, on occasion of the Ecuadorian Journalist’s Day.

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Rafael Correa

Unfortunately, bad journalism is fatal for democracy, and Ecuadorian and Latin American press are very bad, he warned during the inauguration of a modern ring road in Quevedo, the largest populated city in Los Rios province.

Correa insisted on the need to have better journalists, and he sent congratulatory regards to good journalists.

He said the owners of the media organizations now in Ecuador are wealthy people who do not think of the majorities, but rather of frightening the people with lies to pit them against the revolutionary government in order to return to the past when just a few people owned most of the country’s riches.

In Correa’s opinion, the press will try to sow fear among the people in year 2016 prior to the elections by spreading false information to drain the energy, the hope and the faith, which are fundamental for a country to advance.

"Our main opponents are not the opposition in quotation marks, but rather the commercial press, the press as merchandise; without them, the alleged opposition would not even exist," he said.

He urged Ecuadorians not to be afraid and have faith because he is certain that together, they will be able to face any challenge and overcome any obstacle.

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