Former minister in Suriname seeks damages from magazine publisher

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Link to: Suriname defamation law requires serious reform

Suriname defamation law requires serious reform

The Surinamese Criminal Code recognises several offences under the umbrella of defamation, including spoken defamation, libel and slander. While all of these have problematic aspects, there is particular concern over the offence of insult , because it is vulnerable to abuse.

Link to: Suriname to work on repealing criminal libel and insult laws

Suriname to work on repealing criminal libel and insult laws

In meetings with an International Press Institute delegation, Surinamese government officials expressed support for the revision of the country’s defamation laws so long as the changes were accompanied by sustainable journalist training and a reliable avenue for citizens to voice complaints against the media.

Link to: Human Rights Watch calls on national assembly to revoke amnesty legislation

Human Rights Watch calls on national assembly to revoke amnesty legislation

The National Assembly of Suriname amended an existing amnesty law to give immunity to those who were on trial for the alleged abduction and murder of 15 prominent political opponents, including journalists, lawyers, and a trade union leader, in December 1982.