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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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Cayman Islands premier threatens local media with $100,000 in ‘business fees’

The International Press Institute (IPI) is deeply concerned by reports that Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush threatened two local news organizations with $100,000 in ‘fees’ – and up to three months in jail if they failed to pay up. Speaking at a press conference on 13 May, the Premier spoke of a proposed business fee […]

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