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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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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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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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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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