Uruguayan president says he would trash any law proposing to regulate the press

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  • December 6, 2010

By Maira Magro

Uruguay's president, José Mujica, said he is tired of being asked about the possibility of a potential law regulating the press. In an interivew published by the Argentine newspaper La Nación, the president said he had not received any proposals for such a law, and that if he did, he would throw them in the trash.

“I am the president of the Republic. I am fed up with this question! Fed up! Absolutely nothing has come before the president. The day it arrives I have said I would throw it out,” he said, as quoted by El País.

Mujica has shown himself several times to be in favor of freedom of expression and against press laws. However, he said he is concerned “that the Uruguay media is in the hands of a foreign, multinational that has come to direct communication from the outside,” according to El País.

Of course, this is not to say the country does not have problems with the media, he said as quoted by Espectador.

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.