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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.

Latvian journalist fights off criminal libel charges with help from London-based MLDI Gunta Sloga targeted over article criticising Latvian MEP

Latvian journalist fights off criminal libel charges with help from London-based MLDI Gunta Sloga targeted over article criticising Latvian MEP

In 2009, Latvian journalist Gunta Sloga published an article about MEP Aleksandrs Mirskis that questioned his apparently distinguished military career. Mirskis took Gunta to court for defamation and after years of court proceedings, the case was finally dismissed in 2013. Now a commissioning editor with Latvian Television, Gunta tells us about the impact the case had on her and why the support she received from MLDI was so vital.

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.