IAPA Midyear Meeting 2018

Medellín, Colombia

April 13 - 15

The new government that took office in September accuses certain means of bias, being bought by the previous government (currently the opposition) and threatens to impose laws to regulate content in the so-called "Media Law". The new government, under First Lady E. Wever-Croes as prime minister of the island, has expressed concern in some press conferences about publications where information was leaked, which she describes as "false news".

Followers of the government, carried out campaigns by radio and social networks so that commercial houses and the general public boycott the media. The government proposes to include a law of printed and electronic media arguing that public order is in danger and threatens sanctions against those who publish "false" news. The government discriminates against official advertising in critical media.

In December the president of Parliament, J.E. Thijssen, banned journalist Nelson Cabral de Andrade from entering the parliamentary building, who works in an "opposition" media, in retaliation for critical reporting. A court ruled in favor of the journalist saying that no communicator can be banned from entering the premises.