Bill for the protection of journalists advances in Chilean Congress

"Last Monday [March 6], the Culture, Arts and Communications Committee of the [Chilean] Chamber of Deputies sent to the Chamber floor a bill that would provide guarantees of safety and protection for journalists and communications workers.

Bill 14.964-24, which has completed its vote after its legislative process began on June 11, will be voted on in general and in particular in the coming days for parliamentarians to send off or reject the motion. If the bill is approved by a majority in the Chamber, the initiative – the only one of its kind in the world – would land in the Senate.

The president of the Committee and author of the bill, the deputy for the Coquimbo region, Nathalie Castillo, pointed out the importance of making progress on this issue, due to the lack of protection for journalists and communicators in Latin America and Chile. [...] Mauricio Weibel, journalist, promoter of this law and president of the Society of Correspondents in Latin America and the Caribbean (SOCOLAC, by its Spanish acronym), welcomed the news on Twitter.

'Today the Committee approved the Model Law for the Protection of Journalists under Human Rights Standards. Thanks to those who supported this step forward,' he said."

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