Ecuadorian News Anchor Responds to President Correa’s Accusation of Forged Exit Poll Reporting

By: Karina Martín - Apr 12, 2017, 9:18 am
Correa call the exit polls forged, and claimed that the opposing party knew they were going to lose and would not accept defeat.

EspañolEcuavisa Vice President Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros responded to accusations made by President Rafael Correa of an alleged “plot” against him.

“We are supposed to say that we have conspired for money to support a single presidential candidate and falsely announce his triumph, which is not be acceptable,” Epinoza said during the evening news on Monday night. “That is a defamation, because in Ecuavisa, we announced the results of the exit polls as unofficial and never named a president of the Republic.”

Correa call the exit polls forged, and claimed that the opposing party knew they were going to lose and would not accept defeat.

Espinosa de los Monteros explained that the networks relies on the results of the exit polls put together by CEDATOS, which have been used for the last 10 elections — including the one in which Correa won.

“Never before have there been complaints, worse insults, slander, verbal assaults,” he said. “Personally, the country knows me as a journalist more than Mr. Correa. That’s why I protest, because this attitude is not worthy of a president. I strongly reject the verbal aggressions that I have been subjected to in all these years by someone from whom I have always expected, as an Ecuadorian, to behave a certain way.”


Correa called the journalist “scoundrel.”

“Ecuavisa will have to answer to that story and to the law,” Correa said Saturday. “This lady (Ruth) Hidalgo (of Participation) lied … Citizen Participation is co-responsible for what may happen. This is not going to remain in impunity … They will have to answer all these frauds.”

Sources: La República; El Comercio.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

American Shop Owner Outrages Uruguay with Sign: “No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed!”

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 11, 2017, 5:39 pm
Uruguay Mexico

Español The Mexican embassy in Uruguay has protested a chalkboard in Montevideo where the phrase "no dogs or Mexicans allowed" an "unfortunate, deplorable, discriminatory, and racist attitude." However, according to the owner of the establishment, this phrase alludes to an expression from the film "The Hateful Eight" by American director Quentin Tarantino. Read More: Venezuela's Ruling Party Calls Mexico "Fake, Hypocritical" over Human Rights Criticism Read More: Mexico's Dependency on US Natural Gas and Petroleum Spells Trouble, Commission Warns The Mexican diplomatic mission sent a statement to the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, where they said that what happened was "regrettable and deplorable, racist, discriminatory and xenophobic." The Mexican embassy also stated that it "strictly rejects the display in public spaces of a sign in which Mexican nationals are offended and discriminated against." Tweet: Unacceptable: coffee shop sign "No dogs or Mexicans allowed." This is not the USA, it's Pocitos. American Owner. Pure discrimination. The diplomats also appealed to the "respect and solidarity that has always prevailed between Mexico and Uruguay" and called on the Foreign Ministry of the South American country to demand that the business in question "immediately and definitively stop promoting denigrating attitudes contrary to values and principles of Uruguayan society." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   On their Facebook page, the owners of the bar stated that it is a "great misunderstanding" since "in this particular case, the phrase is taken from the film 'The Hateful Eight' by Quentin Tarantino, which takes place in the middle of the 20th century. We understand that it may have been accidentally insulting, so it is necessary to clarify that we would never make this kind of statement seriously." Also, the owners stated that "absolutely no one has ever been discriminated against in our establishment." Meanwhile, Montevideo Portal, a local media outlet, reported that the National Institute of Human Rights as well as the Ombudsman's Office of the Uruguayan capital initiated an investigation on Monday. Source: El Universal

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