Quito: Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced he is seeking to definitively shut down a private television station that he accused of "espionage" on his office.
The station Teleamazonas, a private broadcaster that has been critical of Correa and his government, has already been fined multiple times for breaking broadcasting law, notably for reporting opposition charges of voter fraud during April`s general elections.
This week the station broadcast a secretly recorded conversation between Correa and a Quito lawmaker – seemingly the last straw for Correa, who has sought the station`s closure for months.
"I ask that Teleamazonas... is finally closed," Correa said on his own weekly television and radio show yesterday.
"They have spied on a meeting in the office of the President -- that`s an attack on national security.... We will not accept these things," said Correa.
Also, Correa ordered that the pan-American Telemundo talk show helmed by wildly popular Peruvian host Laura Bozzo be taken off Ecuadorian airwaves, describing the show as "junk" and "corruptive”. Within minutes of the order the show`s broadcast in Ecuador was terminated.