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Since releasing the media reform draft bill, MICITT Ministers Allan Ruiz and Gisella Kooper have been under a lot of ridicule. It was uncovered that they copied exact parts of other countries laws that are currently in force. Regulations in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Spain are apparent throughout several articles of the bill. According to the Panamapost, the National Chamber of Radio and Television of Costa Rica (CANARTEL) made a forum comparing the laws enforced in those countries and the bill. For example researchers from the forum give an example that the proposals that demand that 30 percent of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Global Media News
Costa Rica has been known for having a fairly free press status with radio being the most popular outlet. According to Freedom House, Costa Rica is ranked 19 out of 100 for their freedom score. In 2010 the Supreme Court eliminated the 1902 printing press law that imposed prison sentences for defamation. Since then the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis has been insisting that the Minster of Science, Technology & Telecommuications should modernize the country's media regulations which have been in place for 50 years. On Tuesday April 7, 2015 both the Preisdent of the MICITT (Gisella Kopper)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Global Media News
On Tuesday March 17th, 2015, the India Supreme Court declared Section 66A of the Information Technology Act unconstitutional. This section of the ITA allows a person to be convicted and serve a maximum of three years in jail with a fine for sending offensive messages through any computer resource or communication device. The law was passed in 2008 after the three day terrorist attacks on Mumbai, it allowed authorities to monitor electronic communications. According to the Wall Street Journal, Justice Rohinton Norman said... "The law’s provisions were too vague and didn’t provide “clearly defined lines” for law-enforcement officials. “What is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Global Media News
In Germany the Press is not controlled by the government or any political parties. It is run more by the private media companies. The freedom of the press and speech is a right given to everyone protected by the Constitution. According to an article by Jo Groebel, "Article 5 of the Basic Law expresses how the Constitution interprets the freedom of the press and communication: “Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. (...) There shall be no censorship.” In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Global Media News
In Madrid, Police have been using Twitter to find and stop crime happening in the country. With a current following of about 1.3 million people @Policia, has more followers than the (@FBI) just below them with about 1 million followers. They have had the account since 2009, but it started to be more efficient when they hired Carlos Fernandez Guerra as their social media manager for the force. In March of 2009 Guerra started to utilize the site differently, instead of publishing mostly statements like the FBI he was more personal by connecting and interacting with people. Guerra was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Global Media News
Since Gaddafi, Media in Libya has changed dramatically. From a country where government had complete control of its media, and went to many extremes to stop its public from having opinion, it has now become much more free. People now have the ability to be open with their views and publicize their own media, but it has come apparent that for many journalist danger stills exists. According to a graph from Freedom House, Libya's Freedom on the Net Status is "Partly Free" giving it a score of 48/100. Media has improved but at a slow pace because there are still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Global Media News
Social Media is known for giving people an outlet to express themselves and their views to friends and strangers all over the world. Websites like Facebook, Twitter and others alike allow people to share like and comment on topics that we either agree or disagree on, but no matter what it allows you a chance of being heard whether it be through photos, videos or words. Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was the leader of Libya for 42 years. Under Qaddafi, Libya was a dictatorship which was run according to his "Green Book" that shared his political ideology that he expected his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Global Media News
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