Peru: Congressman withdraws “gag law” bill

Isabel Guerra

The ruling party’s congressman José Vargas, author of the polemic bill to ammend the law regarding the Right to a Rectification for People Affected by Insulting or Inexact Information in the Mass Media, finally had to back off and withdrew it from the congress’ agenda.

The bill, which became known as “gag law”, provoked unanimous rejection amongst traditional media, online media, bloggers and public opinion, starting a public debate on freedom of expression and control of media content

Vargas Fernandez declared to Canal N (a local News Channel) that he decided to withdraw the bill “due to the pressure from the media and because I considered ithat this bill could end up being harmful for my political party.”

The bill caused public rage because it considered legal sanctions even for opinion articles, digital media, web pages and blogs.

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