Press status “confusing”
PANAMA. In its latest meeting held in Paraguay, the Inter-American Press Society (SIP in Spanish) denounced the abuses against the pres...
PANAMA. In its latest meeting held in Paraguay, the Inter-American Press Society (SIP in Spanish) denounced the abuses against the press and freedom of speech that reigns in Central America and the Caribbean, saying that Panama's situation is confusing because of poor implementation of its new Penal Code.
According to SIP, Panama's new Penal Code alludes to the protection of freedom of speech and the right to information, yet the measures “are still without consistence implementation by the Public Ministry and the Judicial powers.”
Press Freedom in neighboring countries fairing worse, as the Society highlighted the dire situation in Cuba, which saw 85 acts against press freedom since last October.
Nicaragua also stands out from the report, where the government spends $10 million in advertising and 80 percent of which is spent in media outlets associated with the ruling family.