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Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Chile

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2006
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Chile, February 2006, available at: [accessed 20 January 2018]
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Paola Briceño Verdina, a reporter for Radio Bío-Bío, was detained and beaten by police after covering a student protest in Santiago on May 4. A police agent approached Briceño Verdina shortly after she aired a report on the demonstration, which included clashes between students and police. Although Briceño Verdina identified herself as a reporter and showed her press credential, she was taken to a police vehicle and beaten with a baton on the arms and legs. She was jailed briefly before a commanding officer intervened and ordered her release.

After three years of delay, Congress and President Ricardo Lagos enacted a measure in August that eliminated desacato (disrespect) provisions in the penal code and the code of military justice. Articles 263, 265, and 268 of the penal code were repealed. Article 264 of the penal code redefined attacks on public officials to exclude insulting language. Article 276 of the code of military justice, which defined the offense of "improper sedition" in broad terms, was recast to prohibit any action that "induces or incites military personnel to disorder, indiscipline, or nonfulfillment of military duties."

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