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A kingdom rich in criminal defamation laws

Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten should work to bring their defamation legislation in line with international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today on the third anniversary of the dissolution of the former Netherlands Antilles. All three Caribbean jurisdictions now hold equal status with the Netherlands as constituent countries within the Kingdom of the […]

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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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Criminal libel laws in the Caribbean: “Ultimate consequence is silence, when expression is most needed.”

Lea en español Beginning this week, IPI will undertake a two-week, four-nation mission in the Caribbean to push for the repeal of criminal defamation laws. From June 9 to 22, IPI delegates will visit Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago to meet with representatives of government, media, and civil society. As part […]

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