Criminal defamation and insult laws: a barrier to freedom of expression

By: JESSE TRISTRAM


posted on: December 20th, 2018

Many African governments retain criminal defamation and insult laws (CDIL) which make it a crime to publish anything insulting. The result is restriction on freedom of expression, debate, political criticism and media reporting.

WHAT ARE CDIL?

In many countries around the world, including the majority of African nations, governments use laws that make it a crime to write or publish anything they consider defamatory (meaning damaging someone

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