Legislative committee gives media a major social role

A legislative committee does not want the media to glorify drug use, trafficking in persons or trafficking in firearms.

In fact, the committee, the Comisión Permanente Especial de Seguridad y Narcotráfico says the media plays an important role in socializing individuals.

There is an agency that is supposed to watch out for what shows up in news reports, movies and even the Internet. It is the Consejo Nacional and the Comisión de Control y Calificación de Espectáculos Públicos, an agency in the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz.

The sudden interest in the content of media appears to have been sparked by a plan by Canal 6 to show the television series Escobar, el patrón del mal. The series is a fictionalization of the life of Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord. He was killed by police in 1993.

The 70-part series was a big hit in Colombia.

Meanwhile, the legislative commission is calling on the media not to promote the consumption of drugs and to air educational programs and analysis for youngsters and adults over the need to combat these social ills.

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