Paraguay’s president vetoes bill that would restrict community radio activities

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  • November 12, 2010

By Maira Magro

President Fernando Lugo vetoed proposed changes to the Telecommunications Law that would have restricted the signal strength of community radio and prevented stations from selling advertising, Última Hora and Terra report. The veto was announced Nov. 12.

According to Última Hora, community stations supported Lugo’s veto and called the proposal an attack on free expression. However, the Paraguayan Broadcasters Union accused the president of “once again favoring piracy.” According to the group, the current rules favor pirate radio stations.

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.