Grenada’s official Government Information Service reported that the House of Representatives voted to amend the Electronic Crimes Act 2013 by withdrawing three sections that various groups had criticised for their potentially harmful effects on press freedom and freedom of expression.
The Parliament of Grenada has approved legislation that would punish the sending of “offensive” electronic communications with up to one year in prison, Grenadian media reported.
A year after becoming the first Caribbean country to decriminalise libel, Grenada has appeared to take a step in the opposite direction by passing a sweeping cyber-crimes law that includes a provision for online defamation.
After lobbying efforts by IPI and the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, the groups welcome the decision by Grenada to decriminalise defamation, becoming the first Caribbean state to do so.
In the 9 March article that apparently prompted his dismissal, Rawle Titus reported that the prime minister had selected the ruling National Democratic Congress’ candidates for the next general elections without bothering to consult with the party’s leaders.
“‘Grenada Today”s liquidation is bad news for media diversity and, above all, a very bad precedent for the resolution of disputes linked to press offences,” RSF said.
(RSF/IFEX) – The following is an RSF letter to Prime Minister Keith Mitchell: Dr. Keith Mitchell Prime Minister of Grenada Ministerial Complex Botanical Gardens Tanteen, St George’s Dear Mr Prime Minister: Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to learn that freelance journalists Rawle Titus and Linda Straker (who is also the regional correspondent for Reporters Without […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Grenadian information minister Einstein Louison announced on 18 February 2008 that he intervened personally to allow Jamaican journalist Tenesha Thomas of the regional news agency Caribupdate to continue working in Grenada. Thomas, who was sent by her agency to cover Grenada’s parliamentary election campaign, was arrested on 15 February and was told she […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders has expressed shock at the treatment of Jamaican national, Tenesha Thomas, of the regional news agency Caribupdate, who was arrested on 14 February 2008 on the grounds that her visa had expired and told she would be expelled on 15 February. The worldwide press freedom organisation said the decision was […]
(IPI/IFEX) – The following is an IPI press release: Vienna, 29 June 2004 IPI Concerned By Grenadian Government’s Deteriorating Media Relations Since the 30 March publication of an allegation in the Miami-based Internet newsletter OffshoreAlert that Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, allegedly accepted money in return for awarding the trade minister’s post to German-born Eric […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – In a 9 June 2004 letter to Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, CPJ expressed alarm over the Grenadian government’s recent attempts to intimidate the local media, including legal actions against the press for reporting alleged wrongdoing by Mitchell. On 30 March, the Miami-based Internet newsletter “OffshoreAlert” published a report alleging that Mitchell had accepted […]
(RSF/IFEX) – RSF has voiced deep concern about the detention of journalist Leroy Noel on 27 May 2004. Noel was interrogated about his sources for a report on an alleged corruption case implicating Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. “The arrest, detention and interrogation undergone by this journalist constitute a serious violation of press freedom,” the organisation […]