IFEX-ALC condemns criminalisation of free expression in Puerto Rico, calls on government to repeal “fake news” laws
IFEX-ALC, along with its member organisations Fundamedios and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), demand the elimination of laws penalising the dissemination of information that the Puerto Rican government could classify as “fake news”. The laws allow for fines of USD $5,000 and up to three years in jail for those accused of publicising “fake news” items. Laws such as these set a dangerous precedent for free expression in the Americas.
On 23 June, the Senate president restricted photojournalists’ entry to Congress, extending the order to reporters the following day.