Proposed media laws in Venezuela could be used as a tool for political intimidation and would seriously curtail press freedom and potentially criminalize legitimate dissent, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned Aug. 10. Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said the draft "Special Law against Media Crimes" - which have been presented to Venezuela's National Assembly - "would involve serious violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expression… if it is adopted in its current form." (UN News Service)

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