Uruguay to implement new media regulations in 2013

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  • February 5, 2013

By Isabela Fraga

On Friday, Feb. 1, Uruguayan President José Mujica announced that he would implement new media regulations in 2013, reported the newspaper El Diario. Mujica did not specify which regulations would be implemented but new media rules were a central part of his administration's political agenda, approved in 2012, noted the newspaper.

At the same meeting, the president said that he would "push for the democratization of the media. I'm going to do it," according to the newspaper La República.

According to El País, while the May 2012 bill presented by National Telecommunications Director Sergio De Cola never reached the floor of the legislative assembly, the Technical Advisory Committee made its recommendations to the government in December 2012.

In its suggestions, the committee prioritized keeping violent content away from young children and adolescents but also mentioned the "importance and need for a co-regulation model (a combination of regulation and self-regulation)" for the media, added the newspaper El Diario.

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.