CONGRESS has rejected a ban to stop television stations from paying convicts to talk about their crimes on-screen.

Citing freedom of expression as their primary explanation, the PP majority instead called on the stations to be self-regulated.

It is the second time the move to amend the 2010 Audiovisual Communication law, led by Ana Oramas MP for Coalicion Canaria, has been refused.

The movement aims to ban convicts and their family members from making money out of television appearances.

“It is perverse and unacceptable that a crime generates benefits for the perpetrator simply by going on a television programme to talk about it,” said Oramas, who argues the law muddles the boundary between freedom of expression and its exploitation.


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