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Law on Media Crime to Protect Venezuelans from Manipulation

The Project of the Law on Media Crime that will be discussed beginning today in the National Assembly is aimed at protecting Venezuelans from the abuse of the media and manipulation of information, stated journalist Asalia Venegas, in interview given to the program "Al Momento" on the State Channel Venezolana de Television (VTV).

Venegas indicated that the private media "have created a facade that demonizes the proposal in order to avoid in-depth discussion of regulation to protect the public."

In this sense, she explained that the proposed law will group several of the articles and mandates that are currently found in different communications codes and laws that already exist in Venezuela.

"The proposed Law will incorporate all that is unequivocally expressed within the Law of the Exercise of the Journalism and the Code of Ethics, which establish a series of guidelines for the treatment of news and the role of journalists," she explained.

Consequently, Venegas urged Venezuelans to discuss the content of the Law, whose main objective is to protect the public.

"As conscious journalists we must call for the deconstruction of the myth perpetrated by the communications media regarding the proposed Law," she exhorted.

Finally, the journalist and Central University of Venezuela (UCV) Professor stated that the proposed Law is subject to constitutional principles regarding truthful and timely information.

"This law is supported by the Constitution and I want to acknowledge the Attorney General of the Republic, Luisa Ortega Diaz, who deconstructed the myth that some media attempted to perpetrate, saying that the Constitution does not mention sanctions. She made it very clear that constitution cannot establish punitive sanctions, because laws are created for that," she stated.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / August 4, 2009

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