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Study: criminal defamation unduly limits media freedom

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today released a comparative study “Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region” finding that criminal law remains an instrument to excessively limit media freedom. Commissioned by the representative and conducted by International Press Institute (IPI) Director of Press […]

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Greek defence minister takes on media in libel cases

Last week was a busy one, to say the least, for press freedom in Greece: two major libel cases brought by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, made headlines in and outside the courtroom. On Thursday, an Athens court heard evidence in Kammenos’ suit against well-known Greek political cartoonist Andreas […]

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Κυκλοφορία εγχειριδίου περί υπεράσπισης σε υποθέσεις δυσφήμησης σε τέσσερις νέες γλώσσες

Το Διεθνές Ινστιτούτο Τύπου (IPI) και η Πρωτοβουλία Νόμιμης Υπεράσπισης των ΜΜΕ (MLDI) σήμερα ανακοίνωσαν τη δημοσίευση του εγχειριδίου αναφοράς τους για τις νομοθεσίες περί δυσφήμησης στην Ευρώπη σε τέσσερις νέες γλώσσες.

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In Greece, judges’ application of European libel law seen as lacking

In December 2015, Greek legislators received plaudits for finally tackling the country’s industry of vexatious defamation claims by enacting important reforms to the country’s press law. Good laws, however, are only part of the picture: protecting journalists’ rights in defamation cases also depends upon having experienced and knowledgeable judges. “Greece may have truly taken some […]

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