The texts on the deontological norms that should be observed by the media and journalists to disseminate information and opinions will be eliminated from the Organic Law of Communication (LOC), as approved on Monday by the Collective Rights Commission that processes the reforms to said Law.
This will repeal articles 9 and 10 of the LOC, whose approach came from the Ministry of the Interior and Assemblywoman Jeannine Cruz (CREO), who explained that theparameters on which the censorship censured the press and journalists are eliminated.
This proposal had the support of the majority of votes, but it was established that the self-regulation and the professional work of journalists should work as aguarantee that their work should be attached to the truth.
In addition, the numeral 2 of article 20 of the LOC was eliminated, on the obligation of the media to generate mechanisms for the registration of personal data that allow the identification, such as name, electronic address,citizenship card or identity, of the citizens who make comments at the bottom of electronic publications on the websites of the media.
Regarding the professionalization contemplated in article 42 of the LOC, this did not have alterations, since the same text is maintained that states that journalistic activities of a permanent nature made in the media, at any levelor position, must be performed by professionals in journalism or communication…
Regarding the integration of the Council for the Regulation and Development of Information and Communication (Cordicom), there was no agreement in the committee on a new modification proposal proposed by the Ministry of the Interior, which proposes a Council of five members, while the commissioners in the first debate included thirteen. It will be the plenary session of the Assembly who will decide on this article.
Until17:00 this Monday, the revision of the articles and the reforms proposed to the LOC continued. 102 of the 119 articles and 34 transitory, reform, derogatory and final provisions had been dealt with. (I)