Tag: criminal defamation


Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

The owner of the Lesotho Times Newspaper, Basildon Peta has been charged with defamation and crimen injura over a satirical column published in the newspaper on June 23, 2016. The column, called Scrutator narrated a story about the commander of the Lesotho Defense Force Lt. Gen Tlali Kamoli. The column headlined ‘Flicker of hope for my beloved Kingdom….’ was written in the wake of an...

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ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

The landmark ruling delivered by the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to outlaw criminal defamation is progressive and as lawyer Proceed Manatsapoints out in his analysis: “The ruling marks the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwean media practitioners and is a great leap forward toward the alignment of the domestic legal order with international benchmarks on media freedom and freedom of expression.” His observation is in...

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MISA condemns continued imprisonment of Swazi prisoners of conscience

18 MARCH 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the continued imprisonment of editor Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko in Swaziland. Today marks one year since the pair were remanded in detention following an unconstitutional closed court hearing on 18 March 2014. The pair were arrested and charged in connection to separate articles criticising the Swazi judiciary, which appeared in...

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MISA Zimbabwe files constitutional application against criminal defamation

MISA Zimbabwe and senior Zimbabwean journalists on filed an application with the Constitutional Court on 25 February 2015 seeking an order for criminal defamation to be declared unconstitutional in terms of the new Constitution. In its application filed by lawyer Chris Mhike, MISA Zimbabwe argues that section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 2004, is unconstitutional, as it does not comply with...

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