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Dominican Republic legislators declare intention to remove criminal defamation from Penal Code

The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed a commitment from legislators in the Dominican Republic to repeal all criminal defamation and insult laws in the Penal Code and accepted a second invitation to assist the Caribbean country in bringing its press laws in line with international standards. IPI had lobbied government leaders to reject a […]

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Dominican Republic journalist assaulted

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the physical attack on a Dominican Republic journalist at the hands of a business owner whose activities the journalist had recently criticised. According to local media, Manuel Guillermo Mejía, the director of broadcaster Peravia Noticias, had reported that businesses belonging to Ramón de los Santos were blocking sidewalks […]

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IPI releases Caribbean mission report

The International Press Institue (IPI) today released a final report on its June mission to four Caribbean countries, cautiously welcoming progress in three of them toward the repeal of criminal defamation and insult laws but urging political leaders to remain committed to reform. During the nearly two-week long mission, IPI delegates met with representatives of government, […]

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IPI open letter to President Medina on defamation

IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie last week wrote a letter to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, urging the president to speed up reforms to the country’s press law after a second journalist was sentenced to prison for defamation in the country this year. That journalist, Melton Pineda, is currently planning to appeal a three-month […]

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