The Peruvian Congress approved on June a law that prohibits the state advertisement in private media. The legislative initiative was by parliamentarian Mauricio Mulder from Apra, said El Comercio.
With a total of 70 votes in favor, 30 against, and 7 abstentions, the law, which had been previously rejected, was approved.
“The approved project doesn’t prohibit state advertising and communication between private media in its entirety. There are exceptions in case of natural disasters and electoral processes”, said Roy Ventura from Fuerza Popular.
For his part, Mulder questioned that President Martín Vizcarra has described the law as a “gag law”. On the other hand, Mercedes Aráoz from Peruanos por el Kambio proposed that the initiative returns to the commission because citizens have the right to be informed, according to information from El Comercio.
“You can’t do an extreme banning because this translates into binding the hands of the government and the State”, said Alberto Quintanilla (New Peru).