Proposed Bolivian law seeks to prevent media “lies”

President Evo Morales supports a bill proposed by the ruling party that would remove a reporter’s right to keep sources secret while maintaining special courts that rule specifically on media crimes, La Prensa reports.

According to Morales, the new rules are needed to promote media accuracy. “For the dignity of journalists, we must begin to correct and we must begin to regulate,” La Razón quotes him as saying.

Journalists and media owners have criticized the bill, noting the importance of updating the current laws (which date to 1925) but warning about potential setbacks to journalistic practice and freedom, EFE adds.

Source: KC

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