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IPI adds Caribbean defamation laws to online database

Detailed information in defamation laws in 15 Caribbean countries in now included in the International Press Institute’s (IPI) online media laws database. The information reflects data collected by IPI over the course of a campaign it launched in April 2012 together with the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) to reform defamation law in the Caribbean. […]

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St. Lucia radio station sued over article criticising officials

At least three high-ranking Saint Lucian public officials have announced plans to sue a local radio broadcaster for defamation after the broadcaster read on-air an investigative news article alluding to possible wrongdoing by members of the current governing party. The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed concern over the intent behind the lawsuits, noting that […]

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OP-ED: Criminal defamation laws in the Caribbean are ripe for repeal

Early this year, Dominican journalist Johnny Alberto Salazar was sentenced to six months in jail for slander and libel. The charges stemmed from Salazar’s on-air comments accusing Pedro Baldera, a local Human Rights Committee official, of “protecting delinquents and people linked to organised crime.” Salazar, an elected council member and well-known local gadfly, said prior […]

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Declaration of Port of Spain adopted by IPI members at General Assembly

Meeting at their annual general assembly on June 25, 2012, the members of the International Press Institute (IPI) adopted the Declaration of Port of Spain, which is an IPI-initiated call for governments throughout the Caribbean to repeal criminal defamation and insult laws. Read the Declaration here.  

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