IPYS on the government's project: it would seek to prevent reporting on the numerous accused of the regime

IPYS on the government's project: it would seek to prevent reporting on the numerous accused of the regime

In a statement, he expressed his rejection of the project announced by the Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, which sanctions the dissemination of confidential information in criminal proceedings.< /h2>

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IPYS on the Government's project: would seek to prevent reporting on the numerous defendants of the ré moan

The Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, announced a bill to punish the dissemination of information from criminal investigations in its preliminary stage | Photo: PCM

The Press and Society Institute (IPYS) expressed this Saturday 25 June his rejection of the bill announced on Friday by the head of the Ministerial Cabinet, Aníbal Torres, which sanctions the dissemination of confidential information b> criminal proceedings through the media.

In a statement, he indicated that the Government's intention would affect all types of tax investigations, which he considered “unconstitutional”, and would rather correspond to “ an attempt to prevent the numerous accused of the regime from being reported.”.

He recalled that last February he issued a statement rejecting the bill approved by the Justice Commission of Congress, raising the possibility that journalists could be sentenced to prison for reporting on testimonies of effective collaborators before the Public Ministry.

The IPYS noted that time that published information of this type mostly comes from confidential sources and is of public interest , which protects its dissemination with the right to freedom of information.

“IPYS understands the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of investigative processes in the justice system, but the eventual punishment for the violation of this confidentiality should be directed at those who are obliged to protect it and not at the messenger journalistic”, he said in his statement.

The institute also stressed that no tax investigation has established responsibilities for the violation of the reservation of effective collaboration processes despite the constant questioning against this figure.

“The secrecy of investigations should not be total but case by case, and leaks should not be punished, not even interested or partial ones, but those that generate demonstrable damage to the objectives of the process or the safety of those under investigation”, he said.

Project to prevent leaks

As recalled, the Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, announced that the Executive has presented a bill before Congress to penalize with up to four years in prison those who disseminate tax information on criminal cases.

“A bill has been approved that creates the crime of dissemination of confidential information in the investigation penal. The criminal investigation in its preliminary stage is reserved. It stops being reserved when it goes to the oral trial. There it is public and there is no reservation”, justified.

“Currently, in investigations, classified information is quickly made known to the public, sometimes selecting information with the purpose of imputing the commission of crimes. That should not happen”, he added.

It should be noted that this bill had already been announced on June 13 by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Félix Chero, who declared that what is sought with the measure is to “protect” the presumption of innocence of those under investigation.