November, 2013

 

Journalists Hail Abolition of Criminal Defamation

LONDON, Nov 6, 2013 — In a milestone achievement for press freedom in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Parliament has approved a bill fully abolishing the offence of criminal defamation. Following a unanimous Senate vote in July, Jamaica’s House of Representatives on Nov. 5 passed the Defamation Bill 2013, which revamps the country’s libel legislation to better reflect international standards. The new law replaces both the 19th-century Libel and Slander Act and the 1963 Defamation Act. In addition to the repeal of criminal libel, the reforms include the elimination of theRead More