Dominican Republic pushes back on threats to the press
Santo Domingo.- President Luis Abinader created an honorary advisory commission of communication professionals and lawyers specializing in fundamental rights to review and update legislation on freedom of expression.
The decision is contained in decree No. 333-22, issued yesterday, which specifies that the commissioners will have a period of 90 days to present the draft of the normative instrument to be submitted to the consideration of the Executive Power.
The advisory committee will be made up of journalist and lawyer Namphi Rodríguez, who will serve as its executive director, and journalists Miguel Franjul, director of Listín Diario; Inés Aizpún, director of Diario Libre and Persio Maldonado, director of El Nuevo Diario and president of the Dominican Society of Newspapers (SDD).
Also by the journalists Luis Eduardo (Huchi) Lora, and Edith Febles.
It is basic free press that the media should have. But does the media want public participation ? It is impossible to reach a journalist because their contact info is impossible to find ; and most do not respond when you do contact them. Does anyone ever reply to an email ? Twitter is not the answer!
Lots of Dominican journalists get some payment from the government. Thus, they publish work that are not confrontational to the political party in power but are many of these are detrimental to Dominican culture, identity and history. Some journalists are willing to ignore issues that negatively affect the Dominican society so as to minimize confrontations.
And because this democracy has been able to expel out any other form of governance, every political party and journalist think alike and they have molded the constitution to codify democracy as the only way to govern. The lack of political pluralism continues encase the lack of creative solutions from our representatives.