Proposed ‘NGO Law’ threatens press freedom, independent reporting in Guatemala

  • Source: CPJ
  • May 21, 2021

"On May 12, newly elected members of Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned a March 2020 ruling by the court’s former members that had halted the implementation of the so-called 'NGO Law,' a set of amendments to the country’s laws covering non-governmental organizations, according to Reuters.

The amendments, which will go into force if signed by President Alejandro Giammattei and published in the government’s official gazette, would empower the Interior Ministry to unilaterally deregister any non-governmental organization it determines to have 'violated the public order,' and would require organizations to disclose all foreign funding, according to news reports and an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America, a U.S.-based human rights advocacy organization."


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