The best press law is no press law

Journalists and jurists in Brazil agreed last week that Brazil does not need a new press law to regulate the media.

The discussion came up after a 1967 law (enacted by the dictatorship) was revoked by the Brazilian supreme Court in 2009. Forces on the left and right want some sort of new law to regulate the media.

The conclusion of the forum sponsored by the Inter American Press Association and the National Newspaper Association of Brazil (ANJ, for its acronym in Portuguese) was that the right of reply should be self-regulated and not imposed by the govenrment.

The forum was held in the chambers of the Supreme Court.

Judge Carlos Ayres Britto, vice president of the court told the forum that 1967 Press Law and the 1988 Constitution were incompatible.

See the full IAPA report at IAPA/ANJ Forum in Brasilia rejects implementation of another press law



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Filed under Censorship, Press Freedom, South America

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