El Salvadoran NGOs asked the judiciary today to declare unconstitutional a new measure that journalists warn could criminalize certain forms of media reporting on gangs. The reform to the penal code passed on April 6, approves prison sentences of up to 15 years for reproducing and transmitting information from gangs ‘that could generate anxiety and panic among the general population’. It is part of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s crackdown on gangs and violent crime. ‘The reforms are imposing an absolute limitation of rights, particularly on journalism. This means that journalists can be prosecuted for reporting,’ Ruth Elenora Lopez, a representative for the human rights organization Cristosal, told a press conference.