Rebolledo, an investigative magazine journalist and author of two books, is charged with defamation for “damaging the honor” of a former military officer convicted of human rights abuses in his most recent book, Camaleón.
In Chile, the protection of private life, private communications, and the sanctity of home lay the foundation that, in principle, provides individuals with sufficient protections from the abuse of both State and private actors.
“Without a doubt this lawsuit has the intent to intimidate, as it seeks the imprisonment of journalists, an action that reminds us of punishments in Chile that were brought against journalists in undemocratic times,” said Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.
“Chile’s deputies must choose transparency by voting against these ‘gag laws’, which are clearly designed to protect private interests and to conceal information that could compromise the government,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.
Paz Peña, Advocacy Director for Derechos Digitales tells IFEX about the ups and downs of their successful campaign to get a Chilean court to stop 24-hour, 360-degree surveillance in Santiago.
The Court ruled the immediate cessation of the use of military-grade surveillance technology by two municipalities, arguing that they violate the right to individual privacy.
Chile’s military justice system is accused of violating freedom of information by pressuring the staff of the political weekly The Clinic to reveal their sources for a series of reports about alleged corruption and embezzlement involving army officers.
When former Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and former Ambassador Rodrigo Bulnes were in Washington celebrating the start of the visa waiver program for Chile, it was hailed as a great achievement for the country. However, there has been little mention of the fact that it requires Chile to provide the personal data of all its citizens.
Shout out your love for the Internet with the hashtag #YoAmoInternet on Twitter. Government officials and private companies in Chile must promise to strengthen a free Internet. Join Derechos Digitales’ campaign in Spanish.
Inhabitants of the region of La Araucanía have reported seeing objects flying over the area, while the press confirms the acquisition of “drones” by the Chilean army. What affects does this technology have on our privacy?
Chile’s outgoing president has vetoed the Digital Television Act, a law that would have opened the way to modest progress in broadcasting in Chile. Reporters Without Borders says that new broadcast media legislation must be a priority for the country’s next president.
Unlike neighbouring countries such as Argentina and Uruguay, Chile never repealed media regulation framework established under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship.
Supported by IFEX–ALC and AMARC, the director of Kimche Mapu Radio presented her case in Geneva to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, highlighting the difficult situation of indigenous media in Chile.
Reporters Without Borders has submitted recommendations on Chile to the UN Human Rights Council, calling on Chile to enact new laws to create a balance between the various types of broadcasting organizations.