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Peruvian Press Council asks Congress to shelve proposal to amend penal code for infringing on freedom of expression

"In a request for legislative powers requested by the Executive Power to Congress, a severe measure has been proposed that threatens freedom of expression, for which reason the Peruvian Press Council (CPP, by its Spanish acronym) requests that it be removed from the general document. In point 3.1.2 paragraph C, it was proposed to modify […]

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Concern over legislative initiatives in two Argentine provinces

"The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern over two legislative actions being promoted by the provincial governments of Salta and La Rioja, in Argentina. In one case, it would punish the dissemination of false news and, in the other, it would promote a constitutional reform that could affect freedom of expression and freedom of […]

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On average, every 60 days the Peruvian Congress proposes a bill against the press or freedom of expression

"In the last few weeks, the Congress of the Republic [Peru] has been preparing two bills that would put at risk journalistic practice and the autonomy of the media. Bill No. 2862/2022 seeks to increase penalties for the crimes of slander and defamation, and thus curb -as detailed in its explanatory memorandum- 'the malpractice carried […]

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Dominican Republic's civil society unites to defend freedom of expression

"For the Dominican Society of Newspapers (SDD, by its Spanish acronym), the Dominican College of Journalists (CDP) and the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) it is 'striking and dangerous' that various laws seek to consistently affect freedom of expression and the practice of journalism in the Dominican Republic. Persio Maldonado, director of El Nuevo […]

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New law in Dominican Republic would censor press and social media users

"A constitutional law that intends to regulate the exercise of the right to privacy, honor, good name and self-image, was approved in the Senate. The bill proposed by the senator from Bahoruco, Melania Salvador, contains a series of articles that could directly clash with freedom of expression. Although of a civil, and not criminal, nature, […]

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Brazil: Organizations sign statement against provisions that threaten journalism in the 'Fake News Law'

"The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) and other civil society organizations signed this Wed., April 6, a joint statement in which they request the complete withdrawal of the provisions on parliamentary immunity and remuneration for journalistic content from bill 2630 /2020, known as 'PL das Fake News' ['Fake News Initiative']. This public demonstration is […]

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In El Salvador, Bukele promotes Foreign Agents Law

"The Minister of the Interior of El Salvador, Juan Carlos Bidegain, presented before the Legislative Assembly this Tuesday [Nov. 9] an initiative of the Law of Foreign Agents, similar to the one approved by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega [of Nicaragua], in which President Nayib Bukele seeks to 'regulate' the donations or financing that different […]