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Chile: Controversial Draft Law Anti Memes Lasted Less Than 24 Hours

Written by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · Translated by Gabriela García Calderón On 12 July 2014 @ 0:01 am | No Comments

In Chile, Citizen Media, Ideas, Latin America, Quick Reads, Spanish

A very short life had the controversial anti-meme draft law, announced [1] on Thursday July 10 by Chilean congressman of Christian Democratic Party, Jorge Sabag [2], as informed on Chilean media. The goal of the prohect was to preserve “authorities’ dignity” on social networks. The project imposed fines for individuals who used the face of any State officer on a meme and even considered imprisonment for the user who created and shared this kind of images on cyberspace.

On a radio interview on 11, facing the questions and jokes generated on Facebook and Twitter, Sabag admitted the project: “Was a mistake, I didn't pay close attention to what my advisors had drafted (…). It's not worth it to keep on processing it.”

The news was soon after commented on Twitter:

Jorge Sabag (DC), remember his name so he's never elected again.

Sabag's advisors…

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[1] announced: http://www.emol.com/noticias/nacional/2014/07/11/669413/proyecto-de-ley-de-diputado-sabag-para-sancionar-los-memes-dura-menos-de-24-horas.html

[2] Jorge Sabag: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Sabag

[3] #LeyCTM: https://twitter.com/hashtag/LeyCTM?src=hash

[4] pic.twitter.com/foy41fMPDi: http://t.co/foy41fMPDi

[5] julio 11, 2014: https://twitter.com/Ivoaravena/statuses/487663813911912448

[6] pic.twitter.com/MbNPDy4Kfc: http://t.co/MbNPDy4Kfc

[7] julio 11, 2014: https://twitter.com/edu_castillo/statuses/487670002766458881

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