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Organizations say Ecuador's new law against Digital Violence threatens freedom of expression

“The approval of the so-called Digital Violence Law caused displeasure in the legislature, ignited alerts from defenders of freedom of expression and also a claim from the State Attorney General's Office. The discussion reached such a point that the same proponent of the project asked the Executive to veto the document.

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The objective was to protect victims of sexual violence in the digital sphere and victims of cyber sexual harassment. However, during the process, other figures were included that not only distort the original meaning of the norm, but also imply serious violations of freedoms and rights in the digital space.

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The Network of Free Journalists of Ecuador also rejected the law approved by legislators and argued that it constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, of the exercise of investigative journalism and other freedoms on the Internet with guarantees."

 

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