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Bukele compared penal reforms with the fight against Nazism

There are two reforms: one to the Law for the Prohibition of Gangs and another to the Penal Code

This Wednesday, the criminal reforms that punish, up to 15 years in prison, the publication of "any written statement" that alludes to the "territorial control" of the gangs were published in the Official Gazette of El Salvador.

Specifically, there are two reforms: one to the Law for the Prohibition of Gangs and another to the Penal Code, international agencies refer.

The first textually prohibits the media "the reproduction and transmission to the general population of messages or communications originated or allegedly originated by said criminal groups, which could generate anxiety and panic in the population."

On the one hand, the reform of the Criminal Code imposes penalties of 10 to 15 years in prison for "any type of written statement that alludes to the different criminal terrorist groups or associations of maras or gangs."

Given this, President Nayib Bukele compared these reforms to Germany's struggle to eradicate Nazism.

“When the Germans wanted to eradicate Nazism, they prohibited by law all Nazi symbols, as well as messages, apologies and everything that was aimed at promoting Nazism. Nobody said anything, it was understandable that it was like that. Now we will do that with the gangs, ”the president wrote on his account on the social network Twitter.

“If we want to one day be a developed country, we must do what developed countries do, not what they tell us to do,” he added.

Concern in the journalistic union

This decision has generated a strong repudiation in the journalistic union, because they consider it as a kind of "gag" for the media.

The president of the Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES), César Castro Fagoaga, described these reforms "as a clear attempt to censor the media."

"Prohibiting journalism from reporting the reality that thousands of people live in communities controlled by gangs will not have any effect on people's lives, but will create a mirage that is not true to the truth," the journalist said, citing agencies. .

In addition to the APES, organizations such as Cristosal and AZO expressed their concern, because they affect the minimum judicial guarantees.

Given this situation, they called on the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Armed Forces to play a role as guarantors and protectors of the most vulnerable population, and that their response not be disproportionate, reports TeleSur.

UN calls for measures in line with international standards

The United Nations (UN) also expressed concern about the strong wave of violence that has been recorded in the Central American country, and advocated measures in line with international human rights standards.

Similarly, the highest representative of the United Nations, António Guterres, expressed his solidarity with Salvadorans in this difficult situation.