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Posted: Friday, February 4, 2022. 4:21 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Those whose intent is to injure and defame aside, the Defamation Act is not intended to muzzle the free press or freedom of expression, according to Prime Minister John Briceño.

But he told reporters today, ironically if not questionably, that he was not aware the free press had not been consulted in the initial preparation of the Bill, which was read for the first time in the House today.

Nonetheless, now that the Bill is in Committee, the press may bring its concerns to the table.

The primary target of the Bill, according to Briceño is those outlets, especially on social media, who characterize themselves as media houses and use the platform to harass, threaten, extort, coerce, and otherwise intimidate figures public and private.

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