Human rights organisations have criticised Ecuador's record on freedom of speech and the methods used by President Rafael Correa to pursue his critics.
The South American country claims that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's human rights are at risk, leading to him being granted political asylum.
Last year, the head of the opinion section of El Universo - one of the country) in damages over an article which described the president as a dictator and accused him of ordering forces to open fire on a hospital.
Padraig Reidy, of campaign group Index on Censorship, said:
"It demonstrates to us that for all its rhetoric, Ecuador is a country that is more than willing to use the law to pursue opposition voices.
"It doesn't have a great deal of respect for free press."
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken for the first time since taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
It is remarkable how much strain there is between the UK and Ecuador over the fate of a man who is facing charges in neither country.
The UK and Ecuador are locked in a diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Here is some legal background.