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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.

IPI/MLDI release manual for defending against defamation claims New tool for lawyers, journalists, trainers available for download in five languages

IPI/MLDI release manual for defending against defamation claims New tool for lawyers, journalists, trainers available for download in five languages

VIENNA/LONDON, June 24, 2015 – A powerful new tool for defending the European media’s right to report on matters of public interest is now available, the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) and the London-based Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) announced today.

Portuguese defamation laws still reflect ‘authoritarian concept of power’, expert says Despite positive influence of ECtHR, clearer defences and caps on damages seen as necessary to combat chilling effect

Portuguese defamation laws still reflect ‘authoritarian concept of power’, expert says Despite positive influence of ECtHR, clearer defences and caps on damages seen as necessary to combat chilling effect

It was the kind of small-town political scandal that would scarcely raise an eyebrow in cities with bigger fish to fry. But when Jornal do Centro, a weekly newspaper in the central Portuguese town of Viseu, suggested in 2002 that a local courthouse’s donation of used furniture to charity was marred by favouritism, it apparently bit off more than it could chew.

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.