Dominican Republic

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC No major violations of press freedom occurred in the past six months. Reporters and photographers covering news events have clashed on occasion with government officials. Two generals and several former military men are still awaiting trial for the 1975 murder of journalist Orlando Martinez. The case was reopened six months ago, but a trial date has not been set. The 1994 disappearance of columnist Narciso Gonzalez has not been cleared up. Recently, the Commission on Public Entertainment, a government body, issued a resolution to set up "norms of presentation" for the sensationalist Revista Sucesos due to presumed violations of a law protecting minors. The magazine editors and the press in general termed the measure "prior censorship," condemned in the Dominican constitution, and seen as a threat to the entire press.