Monday, February 13, 2006

Defamation article violates Constitution

"Speaking from his knowledge as a former lawyer, MP Manuel Tilman has declared that the Defamation Article in the Penal Code, if applied, will violate the Constitution, in particular the articles in the Constitution on Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom. He said that a journalist could receive three years in prison for saying the wrong thing, even in his/her capacity as a journalist. He stated that the Code has not yet been approved by the President, due to the issues surrounding this particular article, as well as one other."

Source: Suara Timor Lorosae (from UNOTIL Public Information Office, Daily Media Review).

Category: Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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