IAPA wants press freedom guaranteed in Chile’s new constitution – MercoPress
IAPA wants press freedom guaranteed in Chile’s new constitution
The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) on Wednesday called on Chile’s Constitutional Convention to “guarantee the widest possible access to public information and to prohibit Congress from passing laws restricting press freedom . in the new text being drafted.
Chile is working to replace the 1980 Constitution written under the military rule of General Augusto Pinochet and which was based on principles against which most Chileans were opposed last Sunday when they could have voted for pure Pinochetist and hard JosÃ© Antonio Kast but chose the progressive Gabriel. Boric instead of becoming the country’s next president.
After Sunday’s election, all eyes have been on the new constitution as it has the potential to shorten Boric’s term.
From IAPA, we have always rejected laws that attempt to regulate the media, as these end up being instruments to restrict press freedom and, therefore, the right of citizens to receive and broadcast informations, ?? said Argentinian Carlos Jornet, who chairs the IAPA Commission on Freedom of the Press and Information.
Jornet has been editor-in-chief of La Voz del Interior newspaper in CÃ³rdoba, Argentina since 1998.
IAPA President Jorge Canahuati said in a statement that he welcomed the fact that Chileans will be consulted before enacting a text that will serve to freely define the future of all citizens under the leadership of President-elect Gabriel Boric.
Jornet said the new constitution should contain “? Four relevant points ?? : “Prohibit prior censorship, prohibit the enactment of laws that restrict press freedom on any platform, incorporate the citizen’s right to seek, receive and disseminate information and promote access the widest to public information.
The Cordoba journalist presented the position of the IAPA in a document drafted in response to a public request made by the Commission for Knowledge Systems, Cultures, Science, Technology, Arts and Heritage of the Constitutional Convention from Chile to organizations leading the fight for press freedom.
The members of the Constitutional Convention of Chile, elected in May, are responsible for drafting the new Constitution which will be submitted to a plebiscite in mid-2022.