Ecuador leader may insist on digital-only dailies

Ecuador`s combative president is threatening to try to force the country`s newspapers to go all-digital as a way to save paper.

Quito: Ecuador`s combative president is threatening to try to force the country`s newspapers to go all-digital as a way to save paper.

Rafael Correa has long had a prickly relationship with Ecuador`s opposition-owned newspapers, and his Twitter statement yesterday is a jab at papers backing a proposed referendum to block oil exploration in the pristine Yasuni national park.

Correa announced last week that he`s asking a loyal Congress to back drilling in Yasuni. Rich nations had refused to fund his plan to protect the biodiverse Amazon preserve as a hedge against global warming.

Correa tweeted that if the necessary signatures are gathered and there is a referendum, he`ll propose that newspapers be published in digital format alone "to save paper and avoid so much indiscriminate cutting of trees."

PTI

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