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Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 08:41 pm EDT

Withdrawn - Bill 377 - A Proposal To Regulate The Internet

Law & LawyersA day earlier, the Deputy from the Democratic Change political party Abraham Martinez said they might submit Bill 377 to a broad consultation process, but now 24 hours later his position has changed dramatically. Yesterday at a press conference, the government deputy announced his decision to withdraw the controversial proposal that currently rests in the Governance Committee, which had sparked criticism from journalists.

Martinez said he decided to withdraw the proposal in order to contribute "to the country's social peace" while explaining that "at no time did we intend to regulate or restrict access to information or the free exercise of journalism."

On the program "Despierta Panamá" (Wake Up Panama) on SER-TV, the Deputy listened to the proposals put forth by the journalist José Miguel Guerra, who recommended to Martínez that he should make room for a broad debate on the subject. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Good call. The draft of Bill 377 was half baked, poorly written, ill conceived, and it left a whole lot of room for interpretation. They were going to try to tackle some of the newly emerging issues regarding the use of the Internet in the modern day (such as adopting a false identity in cyberspace) but they never really thought through all of the unintended consequences. So, back to the drawing board.

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