In recent years, free expression groups in the Caribbean have been urging individual nations to repeal criminal defamation laws. What hold do these laws have over the media and others?
A report released by the International Press Institute (IPI) following its April 2013 mission to five Caribbean countries urges governments to follow through on commitments received during IPI’s visit to repeal archaic criminal defamation laws. During a nearly three-week long mission, IPI delegates met with representatives of government, law enforcement, media, and civil society in […]
A comprehensive legal review conducted by the International Press Institute confirmed that every independent state considered geographically or culturally part of the Caribbean maintains some form of criminal defamation that could result in imprisonment.
The International Press Institue released a report on its June mission to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, cautiously welcoming progress toward the repeal of criminal defamation and insult laws, but urging political leaders to remain committed to reform.
In an interview with IPI associate Scott Griffen, Wesley Gibbings, President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, explains how criminal defamation laws affect the profession of journalism in the Caribbean.
“Though we have generally escaped the worst impacts of impunity, violence and official aggression, Caribbean social communicators and journalists have not eluded the potentially muting impacts of self-censorship, unenlightened regulation and challenging economic, social and political circumstances,” said ACM.
(ACM, interim member/IFEX) – The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) extends its greetings to media colleagues throughout the international community and the Caribbean on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2009. This year’s observances meet our region in a state of crisis in several critical areas of public life. Growing violence and crime, […]