Mexico Passes New “Anti-Meme” Law that Restricts Criticism of Politicians

Mexico state of Veracruz passed new “anti-meme” law

The purpose of the memes, since they were introduced, was to amuse users of social networks with their images and texts that denoted the creativity of people, however, times have changed and now these turn out to be a way of offending people.

The anti-memes law, which was recently approved in the LXIV Legislature of the state of Veracruz, consists of a criminal amendment that considers it a crime to post memes that could be offensive to an individual.

According to Article 196 Bis to Title VI of the Second Book of the Criminal Code, the mere fact of sharing memes may lead cybernauts to face up to two years in prison and close to 100 days of community work.

Therefore, it is important to know the points that comprise it:

  • Disseminate compromising images of people (whether real or fictitious), which may cause grief or problems to the victim, whether in the first person or in their interpersonal relationships
  • Upload photos to embarrass someone
  • Usurp the identity of a person, with false profiles that only serve to attack the reputation of those affected
  • Hack mail to someone, read their messages and prohibit access with changing passwords
  • Send threats by mail
  • Harassing a person online
  • Circulate rumors of someone

Many in Mexico see the passage of the law as an attempt of the political class to escape criticism.

In 2013 the Supreme Court of Justice declared unconstitutional a law that was approved by the Veracruz legislators with which they intended to punish the issuance of false statements through social networks.

The Governor of Veracruz has said he will veto the Anti-Meme Law, however, the state legislature has enough votes to overrule any veto.

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