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-  Area : 283,580 sq.km.
-  Population : 13,230,000.
-  Language : Spanish.
-  Head of state : President Alfredo Palacio.

Ecuador - Annual report 2006

The media suffered in 2005 from the major political crisis that led to the overthrow of President Gutiérrez.

The fall of President Lucio Gutiérrez in April took a toll on the media, with which he had a very tense relationship. Chilean freelance photographer Julio Augusto García died while covering a demonstration calling for the president’s resignation. The offices of Radio La Luna, which strongly opposed Gutiérrez, were attacked twice and also fired on. Daniela Kraemer, correspondent of the Spanish daily El País, was roughed up by a crowd demonstrating against the new president, Alfredo Palacio.
The media remains under pressure from the new regime, with the tapping of the phones of local TV station Teleamazonas reporters Milton Pérez and Maria Fernanda Zavala and also the hounding of Paco Velasco, of Radio La Luna, by opposition MP Alfonso Harb.



 
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