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IPI World Press Freedom Hero Nuno Rocha dies at 83

Renowned Portuguese editor and IPI World Press Freedom Hero Nuno Rocha, who played a crucial role in defending press freedom in Portugal during the country’s transition to democracy in the 1970s, died on Tuesday, July 5 of complications from pneumonia. He was 83. “I remember [Rocha] as a person who stood firmly and steadfastly for […]

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Serbia: Wave of lawsuits against investigative portal KRIK chills media freedom

We, the undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), express our concerns over the recent wave of vexatious lawsuits against the investigative portal Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption (KRIK) in Serbia. We believe that these lawsuits are a form of strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPPs) that aim to stifle scrutiny […]

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Q&A: Portuguese journalist on Strasbourg victory in defamation case

A trend continues: in January of this year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered yet another ruling against Portugal in a case involving a journalist sued for defamation. On this occasion, the journalist in question was José Manuel Fernandes, publisher of the online news site Observador. In 2010, the Lisbon Court of Appeal […]

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IPI report highlights need for defamation reform in Portugal

Portugal needs to urgently update its defamation laws to meet international standards and the demands of modern democratic society, a report released today by the International Press Institute (IPI) concludes. Defamation and insult remain criminal offences in Portugal punishable by up to two years behind bars despite the fact that a number of international human rights […]

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