After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online
 

 

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online

Vida, Melissa
http://globalvoices.org/2018/02/10/after-alleged-election-fraud-and-protests-honduran-congress-moves-to-regulate-hate-speech-online/

Publisher:  Global Voices
Date Written:  10/02/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22024

The Honduran Congress is debating a law that seeks to regulate hate speech and "fake news" on the Internet. Honduran activists and opposition political parties say the proposal would function as a gag law aimed at silencing government critics.

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The law does not describe how, specifically, internet providers would implement such procedures, but it would require companies and administrators to submit a report on their efforts to a governmental commission, CONATEL, every three months. If they fail to do this, they can be fined up to 1 million lempiras (equivalent to USD 42,533) or have their website or account blocked altogether.

The proposed law also envisions a Cybersecurity Commission, made up of institutions such as the Defense Ministry, the Supreme Court, the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank of Honduras along with a Consultative Counsel which include human rights experts, journalists, lawyers and university organizations.

Marcos Bertilio Paz, the congressman from the majority party who put forth the proposal, justifies his motion as a protection from disruptive hate campaigns. Although he claims that everyone "can share content and opinions like before," many citizens and civil society groups question his motives.
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