The Cuban regime presented a preliminary bill to regulate the contents of the independent press
Cuba presented this Tuesday the preliminary draft of the Social Communication Law to regulate the contents in the press, without recognizing any other type of ownership of the local media other than the state media, as indicated in the Constitution.
Starting today, the document will go through a consultation that should end in September, commented the vice president of the state Union of Journalists of Cuba, Jorge Legañoa, without offering more details about the legislative path prior to its eventual approval.
The journalist -accompanied by two other press and social communication officials- stressed that the regulations cover the institutional, media and community spheres, and that it is the result of several months of investigation.
Legañoa described the draft as “unprecedented, robust” and as “an opportunity to educate the public on communication.”
The Cuban dictator, Miguel Diaz-Canel
The document, he pointed out, is based on the Constitution in force since 2019. It states that the national media “are socialist property” and “cannot be the object of another type of property.”
The rule announced this Monday, which contains 69 articles, includes a regulation that prohibits the use of content “to make propaganda in favor of war, of a foreign state hostile to the interests of the nation, terrorism, violence and advocacy of hatred among Cubans, with the aim of destabilizing the socialist rule of law”, among others.
It also points out that the country’s social communication system has the purpose of “fostering consensus and national unity around the Homeland, the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.”
It also recognizes the income generated by advertising as one of the ways for the economic management of the media, as long as it does not go against “the principles that govern” the “socialist society” of the island.
Cuba lacks legislation on the press or communication since only policies in the media sphere dictated by the Communist Party (PCC, sole, legal) are in force.
Neither recognizes independent media critical of the government and operating in a legal vacuum.
Last May, Cuba approved its new Penal Code in which, among other things, it sanctions with one to three years in prison “whoever spreads false news” with the purpose of “disturbing international peace or endangering the prestige or the credit of the Cuban State”.
(With information from EFE)
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