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WikiLeaks' Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador, an anti-press regime

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On the show, according to this transcript, the two talk about WikiLeaks and Correa defends their publication, saying:

"First you don't owe anything, have nothing to fear. We have nothing to hide. Your WikiLeaks have made us stronger as the main accusations made by the American Embassy were due to our excessive nationalism and defense of the sovereignty of the Ecuadorian Government.
 
"On the other hand, WikiLeaks wrote a lot about the goals that the national media pursue, about the power groups who seek help and report to foreign embassies. We have absolutely nothing to fear. Let them publish everything they have about the Ecuadorian Government. But you will see how many things about those who oppose the civil revolution in Ecuador will come to light. Things to do with opportunism, betrayal, and being self-serving."

That kind of transparency, however, is not what media observers have witnessed inside Ecuador.

Correa has sued journalists and clamped down on the media with new laws, at the same time that he has expanded state media outlets. He says he is doing so to demand fairness from a sensational industry that happens to be his no. 1 critic. But Correa has been condemned across the board inside and outside Ecuador. An editorial in the Washington Post in January described Correa as the man behind “the most comprehensive and ruthless assault on free media underway in the Western Hemisphere.”

Most recently Freedom House condemned Correa for shutting down another independent media outlet. “Freedom of expression continues to be severely threatened in Ecuador,” said Daniel Calingaert, vice president of policy and external affairs at Freedom House, in a statement in June.

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