Local April 11, 2016 | 8:02 am

The government firm on freedom of the press, Medina says

Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina on Sunday stressedthe Dominican government’s commitment with freedom of the press and of expressionin the effort to protect and serve the citizens’ right to information and thefree exercise of journalism.

Medina headed the opening of the Inter American PressAssociation’s (IAPA) midyear meeting in Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, toreview freedom of the press in the Americas. The conclave ends today Monday.

The Dominican leader said proof of the progress is theimproved ranking in the World Press Freedom Index, compiled by ReportersWithout Borders.

He said the report shows that Dominican Republic advanced17 positions in the last three years, from 80 in 2012 to 63 in 2015. “I’m confidentthat the next report will record a significantly greater progress.”|

"I say this, of course, because the main complaint ofthe journalists’ guild in our country found response last February when theConstitutional Court struck down seven articles of Law 6132 on Freedom ofExpression and Dissemination of Thought, in effect since 1962," Medinasaid.

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