Tuesday, 3 February 2015

El Universo

El Universo
Today, Ecuador's state media watchdog SuperCom, the Superintendency of Information and Communication, ordered the newspaper El Universo to print an apology for publishing a cartoon by Xavier Bonilla (known as Bonil) that violated an anti-discrimination law. The cartoon, published on 5th August last year, featured two photographs of politician Agustin Delgado, with speech bubbles mocking his stumbling delivery.

Delgado and President Rafael Correa both accused Bonil of racism, though the cartoonist argued that he was commenting on Delgado's political inexperience rather than his African ancestry. Bonil has now been ordered to produce a revised version of the cartoon. El Universo and Bonil were also censured by SuperCom last year, after a previous complaint from Correa.

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