Martín Pallares

Journalist and co-founder, 4pelagatos

Twitter: @Martinminguchi
Martín Pallares was dismissed from El Comercio in August 2015 for expressing his opinions about the government of Rafael Correa in social networks, Martín Pallares joined two other journalists who were also unemployed and unlikely to be employed because they were critical of the government: José Hernández and Roberto Aguilar. The three then assembled 4Pelagatos which in a short time became the most successful and influential analytical journalism site in Ecuador. Martín Pallares, along with Hernández and Aguilar, were already the most read bloggers in Ecuador when they started to publish 4Pelagatos in January 2016, a publication whose success is basically due to publishing what other media do not dare to publish for fear of the government of Rafael Correa.

Martín Pallares has been working in political journalism since the 1990s and became one of the journalists most targeted by the president and the government during the presidency of Rafael Correa. He was fired for expressing his opinions freely on social networks and is considered one of the journalists who represents the struggle that independent journalism has fought in order to not disappear despite attempts from the Correa government. His career in journalism began in 1986 at newspaper HOY in Quito. He was also political editor of the newspaper El Universo in Guayaquil for 1.5 years and correspondent of Colombian newspaper El Tiempo in Ecuador for at least five years. From 2003 to 2015, he was editor and columnist at newspaper El Comercio in Quito.

In 2009, Pallares was selected as one of the winners of the Knight Foundation journalism scholarship at Stanford University in California.
He has also written for The New York Times in their English and Spanish versions.

Pallares is a panelist for “Accountability journalism in polarized societies around the world” at ISOJ 2017 (April 22 at 3:40 p.m.)

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