April 17, 2021

IPI adds Caribbean defamation laws to online database Campaign celebrates legal changes in five countries

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From International Press Institute VIENNA, Feb 12, 2016 – Detailed information in defamation laws in 15 Caribbean countries in now included in the International Press Institute’s (IPI) online media laws database. The information reflects data collected by IPI over the course of a campaign it launched in April 2012 together with the Association of Caribbean […]

Dominican Republic partially repeals criminal defamation law

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From Caribbean News Now VIENNA, Austria — In a partial victory for media freedom, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court on Sunday invalidated provisions in the country’s press law criminalising defamation of government bodies and public officials, but declined to strike down criminal defamation more broadly. The Constitutional Court said in a statement that Arts. 30, […]

Trinidad journalist Bassant returns home despite death threats

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From Caribbean360 Mark-BassantVIENNA, Austria, Thursday July 24, 2014, CMC – Investigative journalist Mark Bassant of Trinidad and Tobago has returned to home despite the continued existence of a threat against his life. Bassant told the International Press Institute (IPI) that he made the tough decision to leave his country in May after he received a […]

Antigua says abolishment of criminal defamation is on “front burner”

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From Caribbean360 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday June 25, 2014, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will have by next week draft legislation abolishing criminal defamation. Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin said the issue had been placed on the front burner of the new Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ALP) government of Prime Minister […]

The alarming case of Mark Bassant

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By Rickey Singh From Trinidad Express Newspapers Over thE years as a journalist of our Caribbean region, I have been both a witness to and victim of the politics of a few government leaders and cabinet ministers that resulted in geographical dislocations, and worse, including loss of employment and threats. Thankfully, however, I never genuflected […]