April 20th, 2017
Lithuania removes insult articles from Criminal Code Despite progress, need for stronger reform remains, IPI says
VIENNA, July 8, 2015 – The International Press Institute (IPI) today said that the Lithuanian Parliament’s recent decision to remove two insult articles from its Criminal Code is a positive step, but called on lawmakers to completely eliminate criminal defamation in the country.
IPI–Article 19 mission to Lithuania urges Parliament to adopt stronger defamation reform Bill would repeal criminal insult and protection for state officials, but keep criminal defamation
VIENNA, May 12, 2015 – A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said today following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
In Lithuania, journalist faces lingering consequences of criminal libel conviction Gintaras Visockas still paying price for 2009 report on presidential candidate
Lithuanian journalist Gintaras Visockas is no stranger to covering controversial topics. A long-time journalist and author, Visockas covered the Lithuanian Defence Ministry and NATO operations for almost five years for the newspaper Vastieciu Laikrastis.
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.