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From Glenn Hauser\'s World of Radio site at www.w4uvh.net:

\"** ECUADOR. ECUADOR SEIZES THREE TELEVISION STATIONS, A RADIO STATION

Ecuador yesterday seized three television stations and closed a radio
station, in a move opposition leaders said was part of President
Rafael Correa’s effort to muzzle media ahead of a September
constitutional referendum. Police took over the studios of Gamavision,
TC Television and a cable TV station, as part of 200 seized properties
of brothers William and Roberto Isaias, who fled the country 10 years
ago in the wake of the Filanbanco bank failure. Police also shut down
Radio Sucre in southeastern Guayaquil, accusing it of the illegal use
of frequencies.

Authorities said the television seizures aim to collect 661 million
dollars the Isaias family owes the state, but the family, through a
representative, said the government was using their financial losses
as a pretext to gain control of the media outlets they own. The
leftist Correa said the measure was “a significant step” to compensate
the victims of the family’s “bank heist,” and denied it was
politically motivated.

Opposition leaders and newspapers raised an outcry over the seizures,
which they attributed to Correa’s determination to have a new
constitution approved in the September referendum so he can run for
reelection. Ecuadoran Association of Television Channels president
Nicolas Vega warned against the menace pending over the country’s
freedom of speech. “What we’ve been warning for some time now is
starting to happen,” he said. “Freedom of speech in the country is in
danger.”

The media seizure was strongly opposed by Economy Minister Fausto
Ortiz, who resigned on the issue. Correa has already appointed Vilma
Salgado to replace him. Correa calmed workers of the affected media
outlets, who gathered outside their workplaces Tuesday wondering about
their future. Correa told them they could keep their jobs and that the
government had no intention of holding on to the television and radio
stations indefinitely. (Source: AFP)( July 9th, 2008 - 9:06 UTC by
Andy Sennitt, Media Network blog via WORLD OF RADIO 1416, DXLD) \"





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