US Public Funding Anti-Government Media, Journalists in Ecuador

Source:  TeleSUR
June 7 2016

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The photo shows the connection between CIA agents and journalists in Ecuador.
| Photo: teleSUR

teleSUR report shows how the U.S. agencies are coordinating with government opponents in Ecuador.

U.S. agencies are financing political groups and journalists against progressive governments in Latin America and specifically the leftist Ecuadorean government, according to a teleSUR investigation.

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USAID-NEDThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), are among the bodies that provide funds to opposition NGOs who promote U.S. interests in Latin America.

One such organization, Fundamedios, receives funding from NED purportedly to monitor threats to freedom of expression, and to provide workshops and lectures on the condition of journalism in the country. However the group has been criticized for promoting materials and demonstrations from opposition parties.

Funds transferred to several opposition groups

Cesar Ricaurte, head of Fundamedios, also transfered funds to several opposition media groups, including the popular social media outlet Crudo Ecuador who received US$24,000. Gabriel Gonzalez, the founder of Crudo Ecuador, is employed as a social media expert by opposition mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas.

The U.S. agencies, which operate with public funds, are accused of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to a network of Ecuadorean analysts, politicians and reporters, to create media outlets and organize anti-protests.

For 2015, over US$972,000 were given by the NED to these type of groups in Ecuador.

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According NED founding father, Allen Weinstein, “a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

teleSUR’s investigation also outlines connections between staff members of the U.S. embassy in Ecuador with prominent opposition politicians and leaders, as well as with heads of other NGO’s.

Building from teleSUR’s report, the local daily El Telegrafo draws connections between the CIA to more than 25 politicians, journalists, bankers, and former military members in the country.

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