25 November 2009
The decriminalisation of defamation was also one of the recommendations in a joint report by ARTICLE 19 and UNESCO, Assessment of Media Development in the Maldives, which applies UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators to the Maldives. The Assessment was launched in the Maldives on 28 October 2009.
ARTICLE 19 is very pleased to welcome the Maldives to the growing community of democracies around the world that have decriminalised defamation and we call on the government and parliament to continue to introduce needed reforms in the area of freedom of expression, including in the areas of broadcasting and the right to information.
• The Assessment of Media Development in the Maldives is available at: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/press/maldives-assessment-of-media-development.pdf
• For more information please contact: Toby Mendel, Senior Legal Advisor, email@example.com, +1 902 431-3688