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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ecuadorian Parliament to debate Comm. Act
Quito, Dec 22.- The controversial organic Communications Act will be debated on Tuesday in the Ecuadorian parliament, preceded by an intense opposing campaign against any attempt of power regulation of massive media in the country.
President of the National Assembly Fernando Cordero stated on Monday that all the acts included in the constitutional leadership, the communication act among others, must be passed in set period and will be implemented since the first debate until the end of the year.
Cordero said that the act in debate will not be limited to media but will cover the whole area of communication and will develop four articles of the Constitution.
He affirmed that the act guarantees the freedom of speech without previous censure and with a subsequent responsibility with protection limits of the rights of children and adolescents, public health, national defense and public order according to the American Convention on Human Rights.
One point of consensus in the previous agreement is that the Act will regulate the three sub systems, from a positive approach, established in the Constitution for communication: public, private and community.
The different blocs admitted the need for an autonomous and independent Council of Communication to exist and that has functions directed to guarantee the rights of the citizens and faculties of administrative regulation but that would not administratively shut any media.
Another point recommends regulating media concentration, monopoly, oligopoly and the democratization of communication as wells as regulating the equal distribution of the radio-electrical spectrum among public, private and community media. (Prensa Latina).