Dominican Republic

There have been no significant developments concerning press freedom during the past six months. Work has resumed on a bill that would, among other things, establish a new framework to regulate legal aspects of the practice of written journalism and the electronic media. It would modernize and broaden the old Law 6132 on Expression and Dissemination of Thought. The Dominican Journalists Colegio (CDP) has joined an interdisciplinary commission that will make recommendations to the executive branch. Although there appears to be consensus in principal about the need to amend the current law, which is out-of-date, it is possible that a future amendment could be used by enemies of press freedom.