César Ricaurte

Ecuador |  CEO, Fundamedios


César Ricaurte is an Ecuadorian journalist with over thirty years of experience in the field. In 2007, Ricaurte co-founded the Andean Foundation on the Social Observation and Study of the Media (FUNDAMEDIOS), the first press group in Ecuador devoted to the defense and promotion of the right to freedom of speech. 

Ricaurte was the author of some of several opinion columns in Ecuadorian press. He became the first Ombdusman in the Ecuadorian TV Network Ecuavisa from 2007- 2009. He has given lectures and conferences in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Greece, Lebanon, among others.  

During the World Press Freedom Day in May 2012, President Barak Obama listed him among the most outstanding activists in the field. In September 2012, Argentine Publishing House Perfil awarded him with the International Freedom of the Press Prize, and in October of that year, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) granted him the Grand Prize for Press Freedom. The Chamber of Commerce of Quito gave Ricaurte the Carlos Pérez Perasso Award, a recognition for his activities in Ecuador. In 2017, he was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow in Washington DC and, in October of that year, he received the Horacio Aguirre Award from the Inter-American Institute for Democracy (IID) for his constant commitment to advocacy of freedom of expression.

Ricaurte was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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