These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Ecuavisa Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and a lack of transparency with ownership.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Ecuador 98/180
Launched in 1967, Ecuavisa.com is the official website for the TV network Ecuavisa which is one of Ecuador’s largest privately owned television channels. Ecuavisa was founded by Xavier Alvarado Roca and features world and local news, sports, entertainment as well as programs consisting of telenovelas (soap operas), serial dramas, and news programming. The CEO is Xavier Alvarado.
Funded by / Ownership
Ecuavisa is owned by Grupo Alvarado Roca, which is owned by Xavier Alvarado Roca, however, this information is not presented on the website and Grupo Alvarado Roca does not have a website. Revenue is generated through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Ecuador 98/180 in their Press Freedom Index citing a “Worrying increase in violence.” In Ecuador, defamation law is a criminal offense and in June 2013 a Communications Law was passed that “provides for the regulation of editorial content and gives officials the power to sanction media outlets” which is used by politicians to censor critical journalists. The new president Lenin Moreno who took office in 2017, pledged a new era of press freedom.
In review, Ecuavisa typically publishes articles with minimal emotionally loaded language such as “Teachers refuse to return to face-to-face work in 2021” and “Moreno changes Napo governor for action against journalist.” In this article, Ecuavisa reports the news with a neutral tone as the article is about a case where The governor of Napo sued the journalist Juan Sarmiento. The Napo court of justice sentenced the journalist on the grounds of moral, emotional, and dignity damage. The reasoning for this was that he questioned the governor’s response to the health crisis. In response, President Lenin Moreno asked for the resignation of the governor of Napo.
Editorially, Ecuavisa leans right. For example, during the 2017 presidential elections left-wing Alianza País candidate Lenin Moreno’s won, however, Ecuavisa which known to be close with Guillermo Lasso who is the founder and leader of the center-right party CREO was shown to have a large lead through exit polling: “Guillermo Lasso obtains 53.02% compared to 46.98% of Lenín Moreno, according to Cedatos exit poll”. The exit poll was misleading as they were incorrect because Lasso lost the election. When it comes to sourcing, Ecuavisa doesn’t hyperlink, however they typically source Spanish international news agency EFE.
Failed Fact Checks
- None Found
Overall, we rate Ecuavisa Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and a lack of transparency with ownership. (M. Huitsing (12/15/2020)