Caution: Switch off internet in cases of political dissent
In July of 2014, a group of Chilean Parliament members presented a report to Congress stating that the first digital newspaper in Chile was El Mostrador, which in 2003 was also recognized by a body of government. Just a few years earlier in 2001, the same Congress passed Law N° 19.733 which regulates freedom of opinion and information, the exercise of journalism, and social media. These laws widened legislation’s reach to protecting the corresponding good use of media, regardless of the platform (physical or digital).
The same group of Congress members, after revealing their intention to various players within the sector, has proposed to modify the above-mentioned law so that: everyone who has a website or social network with four weekly posts or publications is considered responsible for a social medium. Up to this point it might sound like a reasonable idea, but when you look at the possible consequences, it’s clearly not about a simple modification. According to the judgment of Rayén Campusano, lawyer at the University of Chile, the proposal would mean, among other implications: