Bolivia’s Press Freedom



Carlos Quispe Quispe, a journalist for the government-run Radio Municipal, was beaten to death by a mob demanding the outing of the local mayor. The mob called him “the mouth of the radio” and attacked with rods and whips. Quispe died at a hospital two days later.

Seventeen Bolivian newspapers published October 7, 2010 front pages with the sentence “Without freedom of expression democracy is in danger.” The newspapers were protesting a new law that was designed to prohibit racism or discrimination against indigenous Bolivians. The law could be used to fine or imprison the media for broadcasting instances of racism and discrimination, even if the media was not endorsing the behavior.


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