Proposal To Criminalize Presidential Critics Withdrawn

Proposal To Criminalize Presidential Critics Withdrawn

Tuesday, January 11 2011 @ 02:46 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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Following a meeting between the President of the National Assembly, José Muñoz and representatives of different associations of journalists, Muñoz asked National Assembly Deputy Augustine Sellhorn withdraw the draft law which would have made it a punishable offense to offend the President of the Republic or other elected officials. The President of the National Assembly asked for the proposal to be withdrawn before it was even discussed by the full assembly. Muñoz made this decision after listening to the widespread rejection by journalists to this initiative, because according to the journalists the law could negatively impact freedom of expression in the country. In an interview with the media Monday, the President Martinelli pledged to veto the bill if it were approved by the National Assembly. (TVN Noticias)
Editor’s Comment: And, that’s the end of that. These guys have to come up with a better way of floating “trial balloons” – because doing it this way makes them look dumb. Well, at least it gives us some insight into their true feelings and intentions. Look at the bright side – they realized it was going over like a fart in church so they reacted accordingly, and in time. But make no mistake about it – if Ricardo Martinelli could find a way to control the media and shut down his critics, he would do it. They’ve already made several runs at the media outlets, individual journalists, and now this. Anyway, life goes on.

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