Lasso’s blow to Korea’s legacy: Ecuador’s new president has sent a bill to repeal the communications “Cock Act”.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso speaks at the Corondale Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on May 24, 2021, during the presentation of his new cabinet after taking office. No archives

On his second day in office, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso sent the draft to the National Assembly Organic law for free expression and communication. The regulation sent by Lasso proposes Repeal the Organic Communication Act (LOC) enacted by the Raphael Korean government in 2013 and amended by the Lennon Moreno government.

The new law will repeal all articles of the LOC, articles promoting national production in advertising, regulating state propaganda and the rule of radio spectrum.

it is a Lasso’s new blow to Raphael Korea’s tradition of using the LOC to allow the media and journalists opposed to his government to use the LOC. For this reason, the LOC called it the “Cock Act”. According to Fundamedios, a civil society organization that guarantees freedom of expression and freedom of the press 510 Sanctions on the media and journalists under the provisions of the Communications Act.

The new law adopts international policies

According to the Ecuadorian press department, the plan sent by Lasso was drafted accordingly. The Sapuldebe Declaration on the International Principles of Freedom of Expression and the US-American Commission on Human Rights.

In February 2019, Lennon Moreno signed the Sabuldebek Declaration on the American-American Press Association delegation. It is a set of policies aimed at recognizing democracy, freedom of expression and the press on the American continent. The declaration was signed by more than seventy heads of state.

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The new law will guarantee the presidency, Freedom of Expression, Communication and Journalism, Conscience Division and Reservation of Sources and Professional Secrets. In addition, it seeks to protect the inviolability of personal communications and to repeal the offense of defamation and violation of acts harmful to the state.

Votes for the LOC should be canceled

The process of making laws in Ecuador establishes that the bill will be referred to the Legislative Executive Council (CAL), the highest executive body for parliamentary debate. In CAL, members must qualify for the program and be sent to one of the 13 permanent committees of the National Assembly.

In the Commission, members of the Legislature discuss the plan and refer it to the full meeting of the Legislature. The bill is debated twice in the full session and voted on for its approval. If the bill is approved, it is returned to the executive, where the president can veto it in part or in full.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa still holds a majority in Congress.  (EFE / Jose Montes / Archive)
Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa still holds a majority in Congress. (EFE / Jose Montes / Archive)

In the case of the law sent by Lasso, Absolute requirement of 70 votes to pass. However, Lasso has only 13 legislators Belongs to his CREO movement. This It forces him to make a deal with the other benches in Congress.

In the current legislature, The legislature, which has a large number of congressmen, is affiliated with Raphael Korea. The UNESCO bench has 49 legislators.

Reactions

On social media, journalists, lawyers and activists have congratulated Lasso for passing a bill seeking to repeal the “Cock Act”. However, there are those who ask that this plan be discussed with social organizations.

In an interview with a local radio station, Caesar Ricardo, managing director of FundaMedius, said he “respects the first message in favor of freedom of expression,” but believes the bill creates two new laws: one for freedom of expression and one for advertising and distribution of radio space.

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Regarding his bill, President Lasso hopes that the National Assembly will implement it urgently so that we can live with full independence in Ecuador again.

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