Bolivia

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74th General Assembly
Oct 19 to 22
Salta, Argentina

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WHEREAS prior censorship, direct or indirect interference in or pressure exerted upon any expression, opinion or information transmitted through any means of oral, written, artistic, visual or electronic communication must be prohibited by law, according to Article 5 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

WHEREAS according to that declaration "prior conditioning of expressions, such as truthfulness, timeliness or impartiality on the part of governments is incompatible with the right to freedom of expression recognized in international instruments," also the arbitrary and discriminatory placement of official advertising with the objective of pressuring and punishing or awarding and giving privilege to the media

WHEREAS there are in effect the civil and political rights of the Political Constitution of the State of Bolivia on freedom of expression and of the press and there is recognized the right to privately-owned property that fulfills a social function and that prohibits all forms of forced labor which obliges doing work without just reward

WHEREAS President Evo Morales announced the impulse of a law against lying in the news media and on social media, an initiative considered a threat to freedom of expression

WHEREAS the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes in its principles that "prior censorship" and "forced publication of information" "directly contradict freedom of the press" (5); "the granting or withdrawal of government advertising may not be used to reward or punish the media or individual journalists" (7) and "no news medium nor journalist may be punished for publishing the truth or criticizing or denouncing the government" (10)

THE 74th IAPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLVES

to call upon the Bolivian government to cease the policy directed at financial asphyxia of privately-owned and independent media, leaving without effect the law that requires privately-owned media to disseminate government advertisements free of charge and all norms contrary to just payment for provision of services and dissemination of government campaigns

to demand that the anti-lie bill be withdrawn considering that it is a restriction of the exercise of freedom of expression of all citizens and is incompatible with international standards regarding Human Rights recognized by Article 13 of the Bolivian Constitution.





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