Ecuador: Prosecution for libel, slander on social networks may become reality

Posted on October 4, 2013 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Internet

A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE MOVING TO OR LIVING IN ECUADOR reported that Social network users in Ecuador could risk prosecution for crimes of libel and slander under criminal law reforms that will be brought before to the National Assembly in the coming days. Authored by Alexis Mera, the legal presidential secretary and driving force behind the proposal, such offenses could be punishable by two years in prison. “I have proposed to regulate all slander processes on social networks because these networks cannot be an instrument of impunity. I have asked the Bureau of Justice to make a special procedure in the instance of libel on Twitter or Facebook because now libel against a person that has 1000 followers may be faster and do more damage,” said Mera [es] at the end of August. Read Article

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