Media in the Americas: threats to free speech (AQ Best Cover 2013?)


Americas Quarterly is asking its readers to vote for AQ for Best Cover of 2013! It’s competing for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Readers’ Choice Award on Facebook, in ASME’s “Brainiest” magazine category. And submitted the cover of the Fall 2013 issue (above), “Media in the Americas: Threats to Free Speech,” for online voting.

Readers can support Americas Quarterly by liking AQ on the ASME Facebook page between March 3 and March 7. To vote, click here.

Since his reelection, President Rafael Correa has used a series of laws and decrees to constrain criticism and dissent. In June 2013, the National Assembly passed a restrictive communications law that designates the media as a public service subject to government regulation.

Political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla was the first victim of this law following the publication of a cartoon that depicted the house raid of journalist Fernando Villavicencio. President Correa called Bonilla, among other things, “an assassin with ink.” Bonilla was forced to publish a correction, and El Universo paid a large fine.

Join the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance, Latin America & Caribbean Program and Freedom House for a discussion on the restrictive nature of the communications law in Ecuador.


Xavier Bonilla

Political Cartoonist at El Universo

Martha Roldós

Fundación Mil Hojas

Carlos Lauría

Committee to Protect Journalists

Wednesday, March 5

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:30

1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800

Washington, DC 20004