Ecuador President Rafael Correa has suggested he might try to eliminate print newspapers in the country and force them to go all-digital as a way to save paper.
In a Twitter posting late Monday, Correa seemed to propose a referendum that newspapers be published in digital format alone in order "to save paper and avoid so many trees being cut."
President Correa has a prickly relationship with Ecuador\’s opposition-owned newspapers, and his Tweet was in response to the papers\’ backing a proposed referendum to block oil exploration in Yasuni National Park.
The president announced last week he is asking Ecuador\’s Congress to back drilling in Yasuni, which was declared a U.N. biosphere reserve in 1989.
Ecuadoran Association of Newspaper Editors Director Diego Cornejo said it is too soon to say if Correa is serious about his referendum suggestion.