Crooked Power

Crooked Power

On Sept. 30, 2010, the South American nation of Ecuador descended into chaos. The national police force had hit the streets in a large protest demanding better benefits. Ecuador’s brash and theatrical authoritarian leader Rafael Correa cracked down on the protesting police and cut media coverage, leaving the nation’s citizens wondering what happened. In the aftermath, Ecuador’s largest newspaper, El Universo, published an opinion piece demanding answers, and Correa went after the newspaper, threatening prison time and millions of dollars in fines.

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June 14, 2022 41 mins

Hear from the Perez family, 10 years after their battle against President Rafael Correa.

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Unsure of their safety or their future, the Perez family flees Ecuador. It’s the country they’ve called home for generations, but they know they’re being watched by President Rafael Correa.

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May 31, 2022 56 mins

The Perez family faces off with President Rafael Correa. Their family newspaper could go bankrupt, and the Perez brothers could go to prison. And the president is willing to go whatever lengths necessary to make sure he wins.

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May 24, 2022 40 mins

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa lashes out in the wake of the opinion column in El Universo referring to him as a “dictator.” He launches a propaganda campaign, then sets his sights on the writer, on the newspaper, and on the Perez family, who has owned the newspaper for 100 years.

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May 24, 2022 54 mins

On September 30, 2010, chaos erupts in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa locks horns with an angry mob of policemen. Tensions escalate nationwide, and an injured Correa is taken to a hospital in the police headquarters. Ecuadorians do not know if the president is safe or whether he is a hostage. Correa’s administration enforces a media blockade. Ecuadorians don’t know what is going on.

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May 14, 2022 3 mins

On Sept. 30, 2010, the South American nation of Ecuador descended into chaos. The national police force had hit the streets in a large protest demanding better benefits. Ecuador’s brash and theatrical authoritarian leader Rafael Correa cracked down on the protesting police and cut media coverage, leaving the nation’s citizens wondering what happened. In the aftermath, Ecuador’s largest newspaper, El Universo, published an opinion p...

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