The National Association of Journalists of Bolivia (ANPB) and the Association of Journalists of La Paz (APLP) rejected the government and ruling party’s attack on journalists and independent media.
Both the ministers of President Luis Arce and Masista boss Evo Morales have been angry with the journalistic work because the press is allegedly from the “opposition”, “misrepresents the facts”, “coordinates headlines”, compliant “media groups”. “And” abuses “the right to freedom of expression, which is not evident, say the unions.
They emphasize that journalists and the media conduct their information work responsibly and ethically, in accordance with the regulations of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the Political Constitution of the State, the Printing Act and the National Code of Journalistic Ethics, “with the clear knowledge that their tasks are for the development of the rule of law and democracy are of fundamental importance ”.
The unions recall that this is not the first time MAS fighters have expressed intolerance towards journalists and the media. “The three Morales administrations have had strained relations with our union and today President Arce’s administration is showing signs of going the same or worse path, reflecting an unfortunate lack of knowledge of the functions and scope of law indicates freedom of expression. “” read the statement.
It was pertinent to note that the central aim of journalism, as an exercise of freedom of expression, is to control power in order to prevent the authorities from abusing the public affairs for which they are responsible. It should also be emphasized that the authorities, as they are anchored in the inter-American jurisprudence, are subject to greater public scrutiny and must be more tolerant of criticism.
“However, the recent and disproportionate attack on journalism shows that the government is unwilling to tolerate the right to freedom of expression as one of the most important mechanisms that Bolivian society has for exercising democratic control over its authorities, and unfortunately it is is also stubborn “. to critisize”.
Such characteristics have been confirmed in the last few hours, with the complaint of two former directors of the Central Bank of Bolivia trying to deprive them of their right to freedom of expression and the attacks by pro-government shock groups against a journalist Yolanda Mamani Cayo from the newspaper Página Siete and a cameraman on the ATB network.
“When journalistic work is not understood, the government begins to worry, which shows that the press does a responsible job for the benefit of the people who own public information. The ANPB and the APLP reaffirm their democratic commitment, because an uninformed society is not completely free and because there is no democracy without freedom of expression, ”they emphasize.