April 20th, 2017
Polish governing party files libel suit over critical commentary IPI slams ‘direct attack on press freedom and freedom of expression’
VIENNA, Feb 3, 2016 – The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed alarm over the decision by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to pursue a libel claim against a leading Polish newspaper that criticised Polish President Andrzej Duda’s pardon of a former anti-corruption official convicted of abuse of power.
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.
Polish rights ombudsman criticises criminal defamation Despite campaign, notorious Art. 212 remains in force
VIENNA, July 16, 2015 – The Polish Ombudsman has criticised the possibility of imprisonment under Poland’s criminal defamation law, calling it a potential “constraint on public debate and the freedom of the press”.
IPI welcomes ECHR rulings in Iceland, Poland defamation cases Decisions strengthen defence of reasonable publication on matters of public concern
VIENNA, Oct 28, 2014 – The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed two recent European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decisions upholding the media’s right to report on issues of public concern in the face of libel suits.
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.