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Miami.- The Inter American Press Society (SIP) on Thursday expressed solidarity with the request by several Dominican Republic newspapers to declare unconstitutional the rules which criminalize defamation in the Penal Code, and in their view undermine freedom of the press.

Newspapers El Dia, Listin Diario, Diario Libre, El Nacional, Hoy, El Nuevo Diario and El Caribe on Thursday published a petition asking the Constitutional Court to strike, “within a reasonable period," 11 articles Freedom of Expression and Dissemination of Thought Law 6132 and five of the Penal Code, which they affirm are incompatible with the Constitution and the American Convention on Human Rights.

The newspapers challenge the articles that stipulate "a system of criminal prosecution of deprivation of liberty" for crimes of thought, making them unjust and beyond Constitutionally guaranteed principles.

They also called to strike Law 6132’s “cascading effect,” which makes an outlet director the main responsible under an indictment for defamation or libel.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: Ricardolito, 4 Jul 2014 8:55 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Would be useful to see the actual wording of the new law but most countries have defamation laws of some sort and I do not think it is right to tell lies about people , In this country the law could actually lead to journalists getting some verification of their accusations before printing stories that are harmful and not correct and seldom followed with a public apology ,. If it was extended to the internet , there would even more responsible comments posted here
Written by: VeronicaDR, 4 Jul 2014 9:13 AM
From: United States
The DR government officials are using this law to protect their corrupt activities. Someone accuses them of corruption and even with proof get sued. The magnitude of our corruption and twisting of laws makes any laws we put on paper worthless anyhow. Our justice system is for sale to the highest bidder anyhow. We need to start from the top and fix everything when it comes to corruption since it is so in grown into our culture.
Written by: gomas, 4 Jul 2014 9:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic, The Greatest Banana Republic on Earth
politicians in USA on both sides tell lies and so do all the news media. I do not see much hope here. news media in both countries is now corrupt. usa news is ALL biased. both countries are going down the tubes.

Written by: josean This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 10:38 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!


Outstanding comment!!!!


Does this NARCO Lie-onel law talk about locking up those who Lie about not finding things on Google?

Written by: Ricardolito, 4 Jul 2014 1:41 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
as usual contortion of the facts and ofcourse never a hyperlink to an article ..just made up stories about police killing a journalist in Santiago when it was a straight out mugging by a delinquent
Written by: josean This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 3:10 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

no one provides more accurate facts for what he states here than me........ no one provides more sources those facts than me.....I either provide the full articles sometimes translated when I have the time or the headline that can easily be picked up from Google. the past I use to provide the hyperlinks until the censorship crowd forced DT to block hyperlinks then I provided the abbreviated links until the DT EDITOR singled me out and asked me not to do that.

...however it seems in your attempt at the distorting reality you're the only one that has trouble finding things on Google especially when they're not to your liking!!!!! the artist at making things up here at DT is YOU!

PS now constantly attacked DT because you don't like the headlines or their stories since they don't fit into your agenda of being a gross COVER-UP apologist for the PLD and NARCO Lie-onel!

Written by: Ricardolito, 4 Jul 2014 5:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Like most people here , I regard the comments of Josean and danny 00 and one other as a works of fiction
Written by: josean This user is banned, 5 Jul 2014 1:24 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Now you have self appointed yourself ass speaking for most people here!

Written by: originalmrb, 5 Jul 2014 7:25 AM
From: Canada, Have a glitche in my account. Takes me a while to respond. DT staff is working on it.

I agree that it would be beneficial to see this act so that this story can have context. It is most discomforting to see the word "thought" included in the heading. So, there may be a far larger horizon on this landscape than is first imagined. As legal jargon is usually an exercise in obfuscation, it would therefore be beneficial to have a legal mind translate it for us readers.

I would like to remind all of my fellow pundits that this may very well extend into to the realm of e-news some day. So try to keep in mind that this is a double underline for us to keep on topic, and to resist pointless character assassination, so that real and informed dialogue can be shared - before the potential of this privilege being removed from access is realized. "I'm right and you're wrong nya nya nya", has never ever been so irrelevant than in times when the freedom and courtesy of free interchange is looking like it's headed to the axe man’s block.

Keep faith and intellect alive.
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