The report concludes that criminal libel
has become "redundant and unnecessary.
For the purposes of the law of libel and slander (including the law of criminal libel
so far as it relates to the publication of defamatory matter) the publication of words in the course of any programme included in a programme service shall be treated as publication in permanent form.
Yet the country's proposed new criminal code, which passed its second reading in parliament on April 9, not only retains criminal libel
but increases penalties for the offense.
Garrison was convicted under Louisiana's criminal libel
Given the statutory text, the history of the concept of criminal libel
, and our Court's experience with libel, I am of the view that its continued criminalization especially in platforms using the Internet unqualifiedly produces a chilling effect that stifles our fundamental guarantees of free speech," he said.
My family are clamoring for a prosecution--for criminal libel
A set of legislative amendments signed into law by President Aliyev in May expands criminal libel
laws explicitly to include
They should thank their lucky stars that the common law offence of criminal libel
- which could carry a jail sentence - was abolished in 2010.
According to the New York-based watchdog the Human Rights Watch, RA 10175 "drastically increases punishments for criminal libel
and gives authorities excessive and unchecked powers to shut down websites and monitor online information.
However it also includes a blanket provision that puts the country s criminal libel
law into force in cyberspace, except that the penalties for Internet defamation are much tougher compared with old media.
Simoes was found guilty of criminal libel
on Thursday and her sentencing is due to take place on November 8.
227) Although the primary means of redress under the Prevention of Defamation Act is a civil law suit, the act also contains criminal libel
Nobody should be surprised, after the revelations of a few weeks ago that deputies were using the parliamentary immunity granted to them by the constitution to protect them from criminal libel
suits, which no longer exist, in order to get out of paying fines for traffic offences.
Critics say anachronistic laws such as criminal libel
often use colorful but imprecise language that fails to meet modern constitutional tests.
He campaigned for Gladstone to lead the Liberals, championed Irish Home Rule, backed the Plimsoll line on ships and he successfully fought off a charge of criminal libel
in 1905 after he had accused the licensing magistrates of being in the pockets of the breweries - a verdict that still rings today as a step in legal press freedom.