Ashley Greco-Stoner from Freedom House says in a blog post that Latin American countries are slowly changing their legislations in a way that in the long term can threaten the internet freedom in their countries. In Brazil intermediaries can now easier be held responsible and subjected to criminal charges with help of the country’s new electoral law, “which prohibits coverage of candidates for three months prior to elections and bans any online content that might ‘offend the dignity or decorum’”, Greco-Stoner reports. As an effect of the new legislation, two Google executives are now being charged for failure to remove content posted by users on sites owned by Google.
In Argentina similar legislations are being adopted to hold mediates such a search engines responsible for their contents and in Ecuador, the newly passed Organic Law of Communication holds all intermediaries with ultimate responsibility for all hosted content – including reader comments – that opposes and criticizes President Rafael Correa and his administration.
According to Greco-Stoner, these tendencies poses the threat of expanding governmental control of editorial content to the point that dissent is eliminated and critical voices are stifled.
Read more at Freedom House.