LA PAZ – President Evo Morales said on Wednesday that Bolivia needs an anti-lying law to penalize public officials or media outlets found to be disseminating falsehoods.
“We already have a law against corruption. I’m thinking, maybe, we need to create one against lying,” he said during an event in the southern region of Chuquisaca.
“How to punish the liar, be it an official or the communications media?” the president wondered aloud. “We still have to finish our constitution. We have a law against corruption, we need a law against lies.”
On Monday, Morales said that some unnamed Bolivian media outlets take money to spread disinformation on behalf of the right-wing opposition, without a thought for the public interest.
The Morales administration has long accused a number of media organizations of constituting a “cartel of lies” aimed at destabilizing the government.
Officials have reiterated that accusation in recent weeks amid opposition protests demanding that Morales, who has been in power since 2006, abandon his plan to run for another term in 2019.