Ombudsman report: “Fair use” policy for internet users limits rights
In June 2017, the Costa Rican Ombudsman presented its annual report, noting that even though attacks against journalists in the country are rare, Costa Rica still needs a mechanism to protect journalists. In addition, the report stated that access to information at the local level could be improved. It also addressed the issue of “Fair Use” in relation to internet mobile date. For example, SUTEL, the telecommunications regulatory body, announced a measure that would reduce internet speed of smartphone users when they reach a specific limit. The Ombudsman considers this measure a limitation on citizens' right to access the internet.
At a conference organised by the University of Costa Rica in June on freedom of expression, communication and democracy, participants discussed the concentration of media ownership as one of the main challenges to a free press in the country.
On 27th June 2017 a teachers’ union went on strike to demand better working conditions. In the capital, San Jose, a group of teachers also gathered in front of the Ministry of Education to meet with the Minister, but were unsuccessful. Before the strike, the Ministry of Education announced that a day's worth of salary will be deducted from teachers who did not attend work.
In addition, the union coalition Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social announced a general strike for 29th June 2017 to reject the one percent increase in their contributions to social security and pensions. Ahead of the strike, President Luis Guillermo Solis invited union representatives to find a solution to their demands. An agreement could not be reached, however, and the union went ahead with the strike and also hosted a peaceful protest during which there were no reported cases of repression.
¡Prepárese! Sindicatos a huelga este jueves por cambios en las pensiones.— Colosal Informa (@colosal_informa) June 29, 2017
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