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Press Freedom In Puerto Rico
by Mark Fitzgerald
April 10, 2000
Here's a look at recent developments affecting press freedom in Puerto Rico, based on the reports issued by the Inter American Press Association at its midyear meeting in Cancun. Mexico:
Physical attacks against journalists are increasing. The Legislature is considering laws that would bar access to information about government contracts and the commonwealth's Bureau of Special investigations. And at a time when other countries are eliminating jail time for libel and other journalistic "crimes," Puerto Rico is going in the opposite direction. At the end of last year, Gov. Pedro Rossello signed the controversial Law 329, which increases penalties for "criminal libel" with punishments including up to six months' imprisonment.