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Last week the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico approved reforms to the Copyright Law, which have the potential to severely damage freedom of expression and the way we use the Internet. As if that wasn’t enough, they are now proposing a new law that could make memes illegal.

Nayeli Salvatori, federal deputy of the Social Encounter Party (PES) revealed (via Infobae) on her social networks that she will present an initiative to modify the Federal Penal Code. This with the aim of punishing people who modify images, videos or audios and unsubscribe the social media account of who originally shared it.

« It is a reform to the Federal Penal Code, that if you modify the original content of something: a photograph, a video or an audio, well, you will be punished and it will also be proposed in the Radio and Television Commission, which through the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), I am going to propose that this account, as far as relevant research is done, the account be terminated, ”Salvatori said in a video he shared on social media.

In publications that he shared on his social networks, Salvatori denied that the reform called the Antimemes Law is to censor. Its argument is that it will only punish when it is verified that the edited material damaged the image or dignity of a person.

“Understand, you can continue making fun of the politicians, whoever you want, humor is one thing. What I ask to be punished is the manipulation of a material that, after an investigation, proves that it damaged the image, the dignity of a person. Keep making memes, ”he explained.

It is worth mentioning that the initiative of the federal deputy of the PES has not yet been presented to the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union. It will be next week when it will be registered in the Parliamentary Gazette.

More reforms seeking to censor the Internet

Salvatori’s proposal comes a week after several reforms to Mexico’s Copyright Law were accepted, which were made as part of the changes necessary to accept the T-MEC.

As we tell you, these are changes that, although it is argued that they seek to protect copyright, the reality is that they have the potential to censor and limit freedom of expression. You can know more about it by clicking here.

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