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Friday, May 20, 2005

New Law in Columbia: Three Years in Prison For Gossiping

From The Australian:  "BOGOTA: A Colombian town has taken a hard line against gossip, with fines of up to $7950 and three years in jail.  Only gossips who cannot resist talking about their neighbours will be punished to the maximum. Recidivists could get the full three-year, $7950 punishment.  The Iconozo gossip ordinance is not the first in Colombia. Two years ago, the mayor of Ibague, also in Tolima province, imposed a fine on gossip.   "Residents come out with things that they have no reason to say, that are mere gossip and that have even gotten people killed," Margoth Morales, city manager of Iconozo, 150 kilometres (90 miles) south of Bogota, told RCN televsion."   [Mark Godsey]

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