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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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Unexploded hand grenade found at Bahamian newspaper

The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed concern over reports that an unexploded hand grenade was found inside the headquarters of The Punch, a Nassau, Bahamas-based twice-weekly tabloid. According to a Royal Bahamas Police Force statement, at around 11:45 pm on Nov. 18 officers responded to an alarm at the building, where they discovered that […]

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IPI Special Report: Criminal defamation laws remain widespread in the Caribbean

Where in the Caribbean can journalists be sent to prison for doing their job? The answer: Everywhere. A comprehensive legal review conducted by the International Press Institute (IPI) confirmed that every independent state considered geographically or culturally part of the Caribbean maintains some form of criminal defamation that could result in imprisonment.   Of those 16 […]

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IPI urges Bahamas to repeal criminal defamation

The International Press Institute (IPI) last week sent a letter to Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie urging the newly re-elected leader to decriminalise defamation offences and thereby bring the nation’s press-related laws in line with international standards. Under the Bahamian Penal Code, individuals convicted of intentional libel face up to two years in prison. Seditious […]

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