|Subject: CONG: Rep. Barney Frank on
Barney Frank 4th District, Massachusetts
2252 Rayburn House Office Building
Congress of the United States
February 22, 2006
His Excellency Xanana Gusmao
Dear Mr. President,
As you know, I am a strong and vocal advocate of the democracy you and your colleagues have accomplished under the very difficult circumstances in which you have found yourself.
I believe strongly that a law restraining free speech, particularly when it focuses on statements by the media about public officials and government institutions, would detract from what you have been able to accomplish.
I have opposed efforts to restrict free speech in my own country, and I urge you to reaffirm your inspiring commitment to democracy in the fullest sense by vetoing the legislation that is now before you that would impose criminal penalties for defamation.
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