Council of the Peruvian Press warns that the Executive's bill threatens citizens

Council of the Peruvian Press warns that the Executive's bill threatens citizens

The entity asks Congress to “not join the game” of the Government and file a proposal against the dissemination of court cases.

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Peruvian Press Council warns that Executive bill bill threatens citizenship

The Peruvian Press Council(CPP) assured last Monday that the bill that penalizes the dissemination of reserved information on court cases is an attack against citizenship.

The institution warned that, under such a law, judges, prosecutors and police officers who leak information to the press before a process reaches the oral trial phase.

For the CPP, this is an “obscurantist measure”.

The entity pointed out that, if approved by Congress, the Executive's project will deprive Peruvians of being informed about corruption investigations, including those against President Pedro Castillo, the former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva, the former Secretary General of the Presidency Bruno Pacheco and Fray Vásquez, nephew of the president.

Castillo and its surroundings are under investigation for allegedly being part of a criminal organization that illegally controlled millionaire public tenders in the Ministry of Transport and Communications ( MTC).

For the CPP, the Government's initiative shields those who are currently involved in corruption cases, from the current and previous management.

In addition, he pointed out that the proposal implies “retaking a Fujimorist practice of the dissolved Congress”, where a similar bill was promoted.

In the opinion of the CPP, a law like the one proposed by the Executive would have prevented the Lava Jato Case from being known, since the press was the one that kept the public informed about these events. “Without coming to light, the investigations could have been sabotaged or affected by private interests. Impunity would have prevailed,” he said.

The National Radio and Television Society (SNRTV) and the interim Ombudsman, Eliana Revollar, also They rejected the Executive's project last Sunday.

The organization and the defender warned that the Government seeks to muzzle freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP) assured that the initiative directly affects the work of the press in the country , and added that criminalizing journalistic sources creates a gag and affects the right to know.

Congress will refer the project to some ordinary commission so that analyze it, discuss it and decide whether to file it or approve it. If the latter occurs, the issue will be evaluated by the plenary.

The CPP asked Parliament yesterday “not to join the game” of the Executive and file the initiative if you are really involved in investigations related to corruption. For its part, the ANP said it was concerned considering that there is “full harmony in this matter” between the Executive and the Legislative.