CPJ calls on Paraguay to reject social media law

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THE Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 20 international and local rights organisations sent a letter to Paraguayan lawmakers on October 25, calling on them to reject a proposed law regulating anonymous online posts during elections.

Under the proposed law, service providers would be required to delete content posted by anonymous users that is deemed “offensive or defamatory” toward political parties or candidates. Comments would be allowed only if their name and ID card number identified the social media user. The joint letter said that the proposed law poses a threat to journalists and their sources, and restricts citizens’ right to freedom of expression.

Several Latin American countries, including Brazil, have introduced legislation similar to the Paraguayan proposal in recent months.