Tag: libel

by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Brazil’s lower house of Congress is considering a bill that would double penalties for libel and defamatory speech when they occur online, and dissolve protections for communications privacy in criminal investigations. The bill has a […] more »

by Padraig Reidy

A recent court ruling in Ireland could have reintroduced the concept of criminal libel to the state, despite criminal defamation offenses being abolished as recently as 2009. The case itself was one of a particularly grim relationship break-up. Names are not available, as the people involved were also locked in a criminal case in which […] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

As newspapers are closing or abandoning their print editions, online news sources are growing in importance — as are sites that rely on user-submitted news stories. But with so much unfiltered news content available online, how do you separate the accurate from the inaccurate and truth from parody? You might think that traditional news sources […] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

“…in cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.” That’s a remark famously made in 1997 by John Perry Barlow, one of the co-founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow’s complete statement is well worth re-reading but one implication of this particular remark is that the reach of American constitutional values may be limited by […] more »