August 24th, 2012

Ecuador President: I am Like Leveson

Raids on newsrooms, journalists arrested, politicians demanding greater regulation of the press. No it’s not Britain, but rather the latest revelations surrounding the Ecuadorian government’s crackdown on the country’s media. Now President Rafael Correa has hit back, telling the Guardian that he is no worse than Lord Justice Leveson:

“We won’t tolerate abuses and crimes made every day in the name of freedom of speech. That is freedom of extortion and blackmail. Do we have an unwritten law that we can’t sue a journalist? Since when? So nobody should sue Murdoch and his partners in crime in Britain? The Ecuadorean and Latin American press is not like the European press, which has some professional ethics. They are used to being above the law, to blackmail, to extort. I am sorry about good people on an international level who defend this kind of press. The newspapers have power.”

Would-be press regulators should be careful what they wish for…


25 Comments

  1. 1
    Nick says:

    Lord Justice Leveson. Lord Leveson is another chap.

    • 12
      El Presidente says:

      I can also Levitate.

      And walk on water and turn it into wine at will. I am a Socialist. A progressive. I have right on my side.

      I will fight tooth & nail to protect the liberty of Saint Assange against the British Imperialist Running Dogs. We oppose all forms of colonialist oppression! Viva La Revolution!!

      Editors Note: 2 million Ameri-Indians were exterminated in Latin America between 1890-1920 by descendents of Spanish and/or Portuguese colonialists.

    • 22
      Harry Windsore says:

      That was a bit of a faux pas …

      “he Ecuadorean and Latin American press is not like the European press, which has some professional ethics.”

      Since when has the European press had professional (or any) ethics?

  2. 2
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like the nipple Prince H-rry was licking. Can I lick it too?

  3. 3
    Gordon poopy Brown says:

    Vive la revolucion, vive il Presidente

  4. 4
    Tony Benn says:

    Socialism is the answer.

    • 5
      Half Man Half Biscuit says:

      Must have been a very silly question!

      • 13
        Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

        Not at all; it is the answer to a very worthwhile question “what is the best way to provoke the death of Bill Cash by apoplexy”.

        • 24
          Expat Geordie says:

          I thought that the question was “In the 20th Century, what was the best way to kill over 150 million people and to plunge billions more into abject poverty by wrecking their economies?”

    • 7
      smoggie says:

      Your starter for ten, Tony.

      Which ideology is responsible for more human deaths and misery than all the others put together?

  5. 10
    Beast says:

    Jules you will like this one

  6. 11
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Piss off Mr Ecuador President Chap Whatever Your Name and take Assange with you …. if you can!

  7. 15
    Ewänme says:

    *Yawns*

    Fuck this , honey x . I gonna get pissed an go chainsaw some logs .

    Laters E x

  8. 16
    annette curton says:

    Nice to know he thinks he is no worse than Lord Leveson (and by implication no better). Hope this is not going to descend into a trade war, my cupboard is nearly bereft of dried armadillo and pickled cactus.

    • 18
      Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

      No problem. Armadillos and cacti are widespread in the USA and easily obtained. However, you may like to combine fetching a new supply with a study tour of a political history more to your liking by popping over to Paraguay.

      • 19
        annette curton says:

        Too many welsh sheep shaggers there.

        • 20
          Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

          Then you should move from Cardiff dear.

        • 25
          Expat Geordie says:

          I thought that was Patagonia? Did you know that the Falklands War was the only international war (as opposed to civil war) where both sides had native Welsh speakers fighting for them?


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