The news of the journalist’s death immediately shocked the press circles in Uruguay and in several countries of the region in which Paolillo was known for his leadership in the IAPA battles in favor of press freedom and freedom of expression.
The Inter American Press Association condemns criminal charges being brought by the government of Uruguay against social media account holders on the alleged grounds that “they arouse fear in the citizenry” in disseminating videos showing brawls in prisons.
The libel suit against editor Juan José Garrido and the newspaper Perú 21 seeks damages amounting to approximately US$230,000 payable to Félix Moreno Caballero, president of the Callao Regional Government.
The adoption of the Law of Audiovisual Communication Services promotes democratisation of the media and the effective exercise of freedom of expression in Uruguay.
Submitted to parliament in May 2013 and approved by the chamber of deputies the following December, the law is finally going before the senate after a long break for elections and after a great of deal of criticism by media groups.
Described last year as exemplary by UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression Frank La Rue, Uruguay’s Broadcasting Communication Services Law is expected to bring a great deal of progress in media pluralism – including a fairer distribution of broadcast frequencies.
Uruguay is the second-highest ranking Latin American country on Reporters Without Borders’ 2013 World Press Freedom Index. José Peralta, the current Scotiabank / CJFE Journalism Fellow at Massey College in Toronto discusses the characteristics that make Uruguay a unique place to work as a journalist.
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Chamber of Deputies’ approval of the proposed Broadcasting Communication Services Law on 10 December and reiterates its support for this law, which it regards as a broadcasting regulation model for the region.
A proposed new media law in Uruguay is being seen as a positive step, not only for strengthening the media in the country, but as a model for future legislation in the region.
Reporters Without Borders supports a proposed broadcast media law, known as the SCA or Ley de Medios, which Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies began considering on 22 May and which is due to be submitted to the Senate by the end of the year.
Roger Rodríguez wrote about retired military officers who founded an organisation to defend fellow officers on trial for torture and murder from 1973 to 1985.
“Judgments of this kind take us back to the worst times that press freedom has faced in the Americas,” says IAPA.
IFJ welcomes the approval of a legislative change that eliminates the risk and punishment that journalists previously faced when reporting on certain individuals, symbols or issues of public interest in Uruguay.
In a letter to the President of Uruguay’s House of Representatives, WPFC congratulated him for the approval of a historic bill that eliminates the crime of insult and decriminalizes all forms of defamation.