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Bill aims to silence press, targets journalists

Santo Domingo.- Attorney and journalist Namphi Rodríguez and prominent TV producer Huchi Lora separately warned the deputies to reject a bill now in the lower Chamber through which journalists and media directors could be charged with slander committed by third parties.

In a hearing of the Chamber of Deputies Media Commission, Rodríguez warned that it would be absurd to charge a media director and journalists as the main defendant in cases of press offences, while excluding the third party who voiced the statement .

In a statement, Rodríguez said to determine if the journalist or media director committed slander, “the test of the actual malice” should apply, to reveal if the whistle blower has behaved like a pro or if, on the contrary, was made to be part of a plot to publicly impute facts and expressions of defamation against someone.

The also president of the Press and Law Foundation said for the simple fact of being vehicles of information, journalists shouldn’t be held criminally liable, since such a system spurs impunity for the real offenders, who’re usually civil servants, opposition politicians, or military, religious, and business leaders.

Bill targets investigative journalists

On Thursday, prominent journalist Huchi Lora called the bill proposed by deputy Elpidio Baez, “an instrument to hide what’s going on with society and with taxpayers’ money.”

Speaking on Telesistema Channel 11, Lora called the bill “custom-tailored against investigative journalists Alicia Ortega and Nuria Piera.”

Source: DT

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