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Ecuadoran cartoonist accuses government of abuse of power

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:29 AM

QUITO (AFP) - An Ecuadoran newspaper cartoonist said on Monday he would comply with an order to change a cartoon that offended President Rafael Correa but said it was an abuse of power.

A newly created media watchdog, the News and Communication Directorate, on Friday gave Xavier Bonilla 72 hours to "correct" the caption of the offending cartoon.

It also fined El Universo, the newspaper that published it, two percent of its revenues in the last quarter.

At a news conference at Quito's Plaza del Teatro, Bonilla, who signs his cartoons 'Bonil,' condemned the sanction as "illegal and unconstitutional". But Bonilla said he would make the correction demanded because the order requires "immediate compliance". El Universo said it would fight the order in the courts but would pay the fine.

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