June 12

Court ban on TV programme condemned as anachronistic

first_img July 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court ban on TV programme condemned as anachronistic Help by sharing this information News Organisation RSF_en ChileAmericas November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Chile: RSF calls for exemplary investigation into Chilean photographer’s murdercenter_img News Receive email alerts November 26, 2019 Find out more News Follow the news on Chile July 6, 2020 Find out more ChileAmericas News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the banning of programme on the public TV station Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) on 23 July by a decision of the Santiago appeal court that was taken in response to a defamation suit.”This is an utterly anachronistic case of censorship,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, calling on the Chilean authorities to repeal the laws that give the courts such powers, and to thereby bring Chile’s legislation in line with both its own constitution and the international treaties it has signed.Article 13 of the Inter-American Convention of Human Rights expressly forbids censorship, even in cases of defamation. Censorship is also banned by the Chilean constitution, of which article 19 (12) guarantees “the freedom to express opinions and inform without prior censorship.”The banned programme, “Enigma,” which raised doubts about the guilt of one of the presumed perpetrators of the murder of lawyer Patricio Torres Reyes, was the subject of a lawsuit by the lawyer’s widow, alleging that the programme was an offence to the family’s dignity and honour.The programme’s producer Patricio Polanco complained that neither the widow, nor her lawyers, nor the judges ever viewed the programme.last_img read more