Fujimorista media control law proposal is withdrawn and revised

03 April 2017

Congresswomen Alejandra Aramayo and Ursula Letona were forced to withdraw their proposed law to control the media after a relentless campaign against it. The Law they had designed aimed to ban those who were being investigated for corruption, as well as those who had been found guilty of it, from a series of positions in the media, including the directorships of newspapers, editorial and producing jobs, membership of the directorates, share-holders, or General Managers of any media company. The law would have also created a ‘citizen’s supervisory office’, under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, that would regulate content.

The proposed law had come under fire not just from the media, but even the Ombudsman’s office that had indicated that the law was in violation of the freedom of the press. Walter Gutierrez warned that the way in which the law had been conceived there was a great risk that it would become a tool for the control of content and the presumption of innocence. The Ombudsman also indicated that the proposed law could be used to pressure media owners.

After much criticism the proposal was retired, but on 31 March, Congresswoman Aramayo presented a new law proposal. There was only one change: those who are being investigated for corruption will not be barred from the posts in the media, unless they have been found guilty. This proposal will now be debated.

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