Government Support Decriminalizing Disclosure of Political Secrets

The government committed last night, after a meeting with journalists and members, to promote legal reform that would eliminate prison sentences for obtaining and disclosing “secret information policies.”

However, the Executive will continue forward with the publication of the new Act, Cybercrime, which raises the minimum penalty of one to four years in prison and a maximum of six to eight years.

After talking about two hours with representatives of the Association of Journalists and deputies, the Presidency Minister, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, said that there is consensus that the penalty to the release of political secrets is something wrong that should not remain in the legislation.

“The government will convene any proposed reform,” said Benavides, who hopes that the Collegethe directors of media and MPs conform a draft law.

Jose Rodolfo Ibarra, president of the Journalists Association, confirmed that requested the derogation of the article, which imposes the secrets related to political rule introduced decades ago in the Criminal Code.

A starting point, Benavides said may be a draft reform introduced yesterday by Deputy Carlos Gongora libertarian, who was at the meeting.

However, the deputy of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), Carmen Muñoz, argued that the proposal should be expanded because it also must be guaranteed access to public databases, and in some cases should be protect state security.

Addition to rising the penalty for divulge secret information policies, the law of Cybercrime Act into the punishment includes involvement in the fight against drug trafficking or organized crime.

It also establishes an aggravating circumstance “when the conduct is done through computer manipulation, malicious software or use of information technology and communication.”

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