Mexican Senate eliminates law that encouraged censorship and threats against journalists

"The Senate of the Republic [of Mexico] unanimously approved this Wed. [March 15] a reform to eliminate the Law on Press Offenses, which had been active since 1917. The law encouraged censorship and threats to journalists from the political power. The discussion to abolish this law had been frozen in the Senate for two and a half years.

The old legislation, which threatened freedom of expression, was created in an unstable political and war context, so that authoritarian measures against the press were established by Mexican law.

This law also sanctioned any verbal utterance or expression that could expose a person to hatred, contempt, ridicule, or be in detriment to their reputation or interests."

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