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Ecuadoran Government's Two-Pronged Policy: To Convict and then Pardon

LADB Article ID: 78533
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2012-03-16
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

"To convict and pardon" seems to be the formula that Ecuadoran government officials have found to resolve conflicts with the media and social leaders who question their actions. With the formula, the government simultaneously obtains a conviction that becomes a legal precedent with which it can intimidate detractors and also increases its popularity through its supposed magnanimity in granting a pardon to those convicted. In the government's ongoing conflict with private media, which have historically been tied to the political right and the national financial system, several public officials have complained of having been libeled by the media or by social leaders who expressed their opinions in the media.

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