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Bolivia: Newspapers Protest Proposed Anti-racism Law

By Index on Censorship / 8 October 2010

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Several Bolivian newspapers are protesting a proposed law which would allow the government to shut down any media outlets it deems guilty of racism.  The protest is motivated by concerns that the law could be used to curtail political criticism or against newspapers which publish the discriminatory opinions of others.  President Evo Morales has stated he will not modify this aspect of the bill which is intended to combat racism against the indigenous people of Bolivia.  The bill has passed through the Chamber of Deputies but will not become law unless it is also passed by the Senate.

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