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New cybercrime bill threatens press freedom in British Virgin Islands

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called for key segments of a new cybercrime bill in British Virgin Islands (BVI) to be reconsidered over concerns the law would stifle press freedom, particularly through online criminal defamation provisions. On October 18, the legislature […]

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IPI presses for changes to British Virgin Islands cybercrime bill

The International Press Institute (IPI) has appealed to British Virgin Islands Governor Boyd McCleary to withhold his assent of a recently approved cybercrime bill that could hamper the ability of journalists to do their jobs. In a letter to McCleary, IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie urged the governor to return the Computer Misuse and […]

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IPI urges British Virgin Islands to protect public interest in cybercrime bill

A bill unveiled last week in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that would punish the publishing of sensitive computer data with 20 years in prison should be amended to include a public-interest exception in order to avoid a chilling effect on legitimate journalistic activity, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Under Section 13 of […]

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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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