Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa accused the Washington Post of bias, “lack of ethics and professionalism,” Prensa Latina reported Jan. 18.
Correa was responding to the Washington Post’s “recent editorial on his suit against El Universo newspaper without consulting the parties involved.”
We wrote in July about Correa’s libel lawsuit against El Universo. The newspaper was fined $40 million according to the BBC over the newspaper’s opinion article that called Correa a dictator and questioned “an army raid to rescue [Correa] from striking policeman.” Correa rejected the newspaper’s attempts to “reach an out-of-court settlement” and publish a correction.
This is the Washington Post’s Jan. 12 editorial in question, titled “Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s assault on media freedom.” The editorial claims Correa’s attorney likely wrote the ruling in the libel case against El Universo and accused Correa of “the most comprehensive and ruthless assault on free media underway in the Western Hemisphere.”
Correa claimed that the Washington Post didn’t contact him for information for its editorial, and as such only produced “a mere copy of what El Universo says.”
Read more here.