IAPA says Colombian bill on teenagers and children restricts press freedom

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  • August 2, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) questioned a proposed law that applies harsh sanctions to media outlets that publish content that affects minors.

IAPA said the bill could restrict freedom of expression, especially with provisions that punish offenders with temporary or permanent closure and hefty fines.

The Colombian media has also opposed the broad language of the proposal, EFE adds, and the president of the National Association of Colombian Newspapers called it “excessive and ambiguous.”

The bill includes protections for minors charged with or affected by crimes, as well as restrictions on when violent or dangerous content can be aired, El Tiempo explains.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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