The southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco's Congress approved a law to punish the dissemination of false alarms that provoke panic through phone calls or social networks, reported the newspaper Tabasco Hoy.
Senator and ex-Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Melo defended an amendment to a freedom of information bill that would keep "ultra secret" documents exempt from release, reported Folha de São Paulo.
The Brazilian minister of communications announced that Tuesday, Aug. 23, a bill defining Internet rights was ready and would be sent shortly to Congress for its review, reported the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. The bill has been under discussion for over a year.
Activists and leaders representing journalists' organizations have proposed a law to protect media workers in the state of Mexico, in the south central part of the country Mexico, reported the newspaper El Universal.
The Forum for the Right of Access to Public Information sent a letter to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff asking her to speed up the voting process on a public information bill being debated in the Senate.
Bolivian President Evo Morales promulgated a new Telecommunications, Information Technology and Communication Law that establishes new rules for the distribution of radio and television frequencies.
The proposed law 84/99, which the Brazilian legislature is treating as urgent, would significantly limit the freedom of Internet users and threaten their privacy, warned the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense.
On Thursday, July 28 the Bolivian Senate approved the controversial Telecommunications, Information Technology and Communication Law. The law gives the state majority control of electronic media, according to local press.
Brazil’s Senate president, José Sarney, blocked an attempt to censure Senator Robert Requião, who forcefully took a journalists tape recorder, erased what was on it, and threatened to hit the media worker during an April interview, G1 reports.
A bill in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies would require media companies to provide life and disability insurance for journalists working in dangerous areas, Agência Câmara reports.