Stories about Ecuador from May, 2011
Ecuador's latest referendum results, which among other things gave President Rafael Correa more powers over the media and the judiciary, sparked a debate about the campaign and prompted reflections by all sectors within Ecuadorian society about the implications of the results.
April 19 marked three years since the fire at the Factory discotheque in Quito while a gothic rock concert was in progress. As a result, 19 were killed and 24 wounded. This anniversary, a homage was paid and a move to sensitise the people about this issue was made by the family and friends of the victims.
We're deeply saddened by the untimely death of Paulina Aguilera Muñoz, a Global Voices author, journalist, blogger, and mother of two. From around the world, we send our condolences and respect for a passionate defender of human rights.
The detainment of Ecuadorian blogger Víctor Vizcaíno Luzuriaga for alleged offenses against Attorney General Washington Pesántez became a trend on Twitter, with strong reactions in the blogosphere and a harsh analysis regarding freedom of expression in Ecuador. Many have been commenting on the situation online with the Twitter hashtag #presoporopinar (in English: detained for expressing his opinion).
According to the latest results, President Correa's 10 question referendum has passed by a slimmer margin than exit polls first reported. Ecuadorians voted on the 10 questions on Saturday, May 7.
Debtocracy, a documentary by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou about the causes and possible solutions of the Greek debt crisis, can be viewed with the English subtitles beginning today. It's distributed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license and allegedly has had over 1 million views so far. This “documentary produced...
Just the Facts provides an English translation –and explanatory notes– of the 10 questions Ecuadorians will be voting on tomorrow, May 7: “Polls indicate that while awareness of the questions is low, all of them will be approved.”