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Lorduy explains the reasons for the article that they question as ‘censorship’ – Congress – Politics

The plenary of the House of Representatives was preparing on Monday night to vote on the Draft Anti-Corruption Law “by means of which they are adopted
measures regarding transparency, prevention and fight against corruption and other provisions are issued ”.

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In the text, the speaker César Lorduy, from Cambio Radical, included an article that according to the National Association of Media (Asomedios) and the Colombian Association of Information Media (AMI) “puts at risk the guarantee of the exercise of freedom of the press, freedom of expression and the right to information of Colombians “.

What does the article say?

Although in theory its objective is to reinforce the norms against corruption, the representative of Cambio Radical Cesar Lorduy included in the presentation an article that, from the outset, could intimidate those who denounce officials or former public officials and even their families.

Lorduy proposes not only creating a criminal type aimed at shielding “officials, former officials and their families” but also eliminates any criminal benefit, a measure that in Colombia is limited to the most serious crimes, such as sexual abuse and murders in which the victims are children.

In addition, it intends to increase the penalties for the two crimes in the event that those affected are civil servants or former public officials, by raising the maximum sentence to 120 months (10 years in prison). In fact, the minimum penalty in these cases is around the current maximum (64 to 72 months): part of 60 months, which in practice would lead to jail those who lose a process for slander and insult.

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What does Lorduy say?

Despite the warnings, Lorduy defended the controversial initiative: “It allows what is evaluated as corruption to be effectively corruption and not slander or insult. The perception of corruption arises from a large amount of information,” he said.

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It allows what is evaluated as corruption to be effectively corruption and not to be slander or insult

In the same way, he assured that there are no elements of prohibition and that investigations, accusations, questions and criticisms of public officials may continue. “We are all innocent until proven otherwise,” he said.

Regarding this, he says that in Colombia, in most crimes of insult and slander that they are going to rule against the person who committed the acts, there is a retraction by the one who committed the crime before a sentence is handed down.

And he added: “The damage has already been done. Once the libelous and slanderous information is released, it causes such damage and in public opinion there remains an act of corruption and we are far from being truly an act of corruption.”

He assured that the controversial article seeks to “exalt the role that public officials perform” and protect him from being falsely accused of having committed acts of corruption.

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