Lawmakers act to make the radio spectrum more democratic

Lawmakers voted in the first of two opportunities to allow vulgar or alarmist announcements to be aired on the radio and television.

Although that sounds bad, the lawmakers did so in order to further democratic principles and freedom of the press.

The bill, No. 19.555, faces one more vote in the Asamblea Nacional. The measure eliminates a section of the national radio law that forbids vulgar language, transmissions contrary to good customs as well as false information or alarming reports without foundation.

Although these prohibitions sound good, they have been used elsewhere to put pressure on radio and television stations and their reporting of current news.

The bill received a favorable recommendation from the  Comisión Permanente Especial de Ciencia, Tecnología y Educación.

The measure received unanimous approval on the floor Monday.

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