Impact | Negative
Rating CIVICUS | Repressed
On June 25, a controversial reform of the Penal Code passed in 2019 finally came into force, after having been postponed twice. The reform incorporates the crimes of slander and injury, and aggravates the penalties when these actions “are carried out via print, television, radio, internet, information networks, before a multitude of people or via other means of similar impact.” Journalists or all those who express critical ideas and opinions could be liable to prison terms ranging from 200 to 500 days or to the payment of economic sanctions. In light of the overwhelming rejection expressed by different sectors of civil society and the opposition, it is likely that Congress will evaluate the possibility of revising the most questioned points through a new amendment to the Code.