November 10, 2009 § 1 Comment
During my research for my history paper today (topic: Coverage of Crime in 1955-1965), I came across this interesting fact in a footnote. A 1964 Chilean law attempted to curb “sensationalistic” crime coverage by forbidding any coverage that “gave prominence to crime or criminals,” articles that exceeded 500 words, headlines that spread over more than three columns and that were printed in larger type OR in different color type from the rest of the paper. Radio and TV weren’t allowed to allot more than three minutes of news on a crime story per hour of broadcasting.
Oh, and jail sentences for violating this law were up to three years. My goodness.