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Study: criminal defamation unduly limits media freedom OSCE media freedom representative releases IPI-authored report on laws across region

Study: criminal defamation unduly limits media freedom OSCE media freedom representative releases IPI-authored report on laws across region

IPI special investigation: The application of criminal defamation laws in Europe Germany revealed as leading user of criminal defamation laws among 18 countries surveyed

IPI special investigation: The application of criminal defamation laws in Europe Germany revealed as leading user of criminal defamation laws among 18 countries surveyed

VIENNA, Sept 3, 2015 – Germany towers over its European Union neighbours when it comes to the number of instances in which criminal defamation laws are applied, the surprising results of an International Press Institute (IPI) special investigation released today show.

On trial for criminal defamation, German freelance journalists faced “existential threat” Pair convicted in 2010 over investigative report on Saxony child prostitution scandal amid questions of court bias

On trial for criminal defamation, German freelance journalists faced “existential threat” Pair convicted in 2010 over investigative report on Saxony child prostitution scandal amid questions of court bias

German freelance journalists Thomas Datt and Arndt Ginzel could have been forgiven for assuming that their 2010 criminal trial for defamation would end in an acquittal. The application of Germany’s criminal libel provisions to journalists, as commentators observed, was itself already so unusual that the possibility of an actual conviction must have seemed utterly inconceivable.

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, IPI report indicates In vast majority of member states, defamation remains criminal offence punishable by imprisonment

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, IPI report indicates In vast majority of member states, defamation remains criminal offence punishable by imprisonment

VIENNA, July 17, 2014 – An International Press Institute (IPI) report on defamation law in the European Union (EU) indicates that EU member states fall dramatically short of fulfilling relevant international standards on freedom of expression, with the vast majority maintaining criminal defamation provisions that threaten the media’s ability to report on matters in the public interest.