Subject: Timor Leste government vows to decriminalize defamation
Timor Leste government vows to decriminalize defamation
25 September 2008
The government of Timor Leste announced on September 24 its decision to
decriminalize the country's Defamation Law, a move that was welcomed by
the Timor Lorosa'e Journalists Association (TLJA).
Minister of Justice Lucia Lobato announced to members of the press
gathered at the national parliament that the government will remove the
Defamation Law from the country's Penal Code and will treat violations
thereof as a civil case.
She added that the government will sign into law a revised penal code as
soon as the national parliament passes the bill.
TLJA, a SEAPA partner based in Dili, Timor Leste, said it welcomes this
decision of the government and considers it as a crucial step towards
the promotion of freedom of expression in Timor Leste.
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