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International Press Institute members in Guyana as part of a campaign to rid countries of their Defamation Laws – 18th Apr 2013

IPIMembers of the International Press Institute (IPI), which is made up of Media operatives from around the World, are in Guyana as part of a campaign to have countries get rid of their Defamation Laws. The group contends that Defamation Laws, which are used to criminally prosecute persons, are archaic and should be repealed. Executive Director of the IPI, Alison Bethel Mckenzie, tells us that they are very hopeful that countries like Guyana will see things from their point of view.

John Yearwood is the World Editor of the Miami Herald and he said they at IPI have no problem with persons seeking redress if they believe they have been defamed, but they believe it should not be a criminal matter.

The group has met with several stakeholders including Government officials and opposition Politicians and they believe their message is falling on fertile ground. They also believe that the presence of the laws can affect the way Journalists do their work.

The group in addition to meeting and having discussions with AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, as well as opposition Leader David Granger, met former Information Minister, Moses Nagamootoo.

Guyana’s Laws Defamation is dealt with under the Criminal Offences Act, Chapter 8:01.

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