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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Venezuela passed law banning certain Internet content
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On December 20, 2010, the National Assembly of Venezuela passed amendments to the Law on Social Responsibility of Radio, Television and Electronic Media [PDF] that banned Internet content which promotes civil unrest or challenges legally established authorities. Media organizations in violation of the measure face increased fines, as well as the possible revocation of media licenses. Previously in July 2009, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega proposed legislation to limit the media's freedom of expression in certain circumstances, citing the importance of national security. Concerns over such limitations have gained traction in Venezuela in recent years, prompting a letter of concern from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in June 2010.

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