Uruguay

Uruguay: decline in freedom of expression; restrictive law maintained after referendum

Uruguay fell from 18th to 44th place in Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index, despite the organisation’s analysis that the country’s “political climate encourages constructive and inclusive dialogue on the media’s role in national life.” Read more

Uruguay: decline in freedom of expression; restrictive law maintained after referendum

Uruguay: repression of labour protests based on Law of Urgent Consideration

On 10th December 2021, unionised transportation workers demonstrated in front of the Tres Cruces Bus Terminal in Montevideo, demanding better pay and working conditions amid salary negotiations. The police repressed the protest, firing rubber bullets and injuring at least one worker who was hit multiple times in the leg. Read more

Uruguay: repression of labour protests based on Law of Urgent Consideration

Uruguay: civil society pushes back against regressive legislation

In June 2021, the government proposed changes to the Access to Public Information Law (No. 18.381) using Article 29 of the “Accountability and Budget Execution Balance for the financial year 2020” bill. The legislation would modify the information that public agencies must make permanently available on their websites and other media, also imposing limitations to the right of access to public information. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Uruguay: civil society pushes back against regressive legislation

Restrictions on press freedom in Uruguay

Uruguay’s legislators are considering a new media law which would impose setbacks for media pluralism, transparency and public participation. Read more

Restrictions on press freedom in Uruguay

Renewed pandemic restrictions in Uruguay

In an interview published by El Telégrafo in November 2020, Uruguay’s National Director of Telecommunications Guzmán Acosta y Lara said that “community radio stations that do not fulfil their purpose and compete illegally will undoubtedly be closed down”. Read more

Renewed pandemic restrictions in Uruguay

New government imposes legislative setbacks for civic space in Uruguay

On 8th July 2020, Uruguay’s parliamentarians approved the Ley de Urgente Consideración (“Urgent Consideration Law” - LUC) proposed by the country’s new government, amid mass protests and strikes against it. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

New government imposes legislative setbacks for civic space in Uruguay

Legislation proposed by Uruguay’s new government could be a setback for human rights

On 13th March 2020, Uruguay’s government issued a decree (93/020) declaring a state of national sanitary emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Among other measures, the legislation suspended all public gatherings and announced mandatory quarantine for anyone confirmed positive for COVID-19 or showing symptoms and for those who had recently visited high-risk areas. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Legislation proposed by Uruguay’s new government could be a setback for human rights

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

On 5th September 2019, hundreds marched in Montevideo to protest the large new pulp mill that company UPM plans to construct in Paso de los Toros, department of Tacuarembó. The march was convened by a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations, the Coordinación Nacional contra UPM (National Coordination against UPM). Read more

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

18 attacks against freedom of expression documented in a year

A report published by CAInfo stated that from 1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019, 18 cases of threats against freedom of expression were documented. Read more

18 attacks against freedom of expression documented in a year

Radio Canelones attacked twice over the last months

Centro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información Pública (CAinfo) reported two attacks against Radio Canelones. Read more

Radio Canelones attacked twice over the last months