Mexico Decriminalizes Libel, Joining Just One Other Latin American Nation
Fitzgerald, Mark, Editor & Publisher
Free press groups hailed Mexican President Felipe Calderon for signing a law decriminalizing libel, slander, and defamation.
The law repeals some 15 articles of the federal Penal Code which made slander, libel, and defamation criminal offenses punishable by imprisonment.
Criminal libel laws are on the books of nearly all Latin American nations, though their enforcement varies. Mexico joins El Salvador, which reformed its Penal Code in 2004, as the only two Latin nations to wipe criminal libel off the books. The Mexican Senate passed last month, and the Chamber of Deputies approved the measure in April 2006. The law becomes effective when it is published in the …
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Publication information: Article title: Mexico Decriminalizes Libel, Joining Just One Other Latin American Nation. Contributors: Fitzgerald, Mark - Author. Magazine title: Editor & Publisher. Publication date: April 17, 2007. Page number: Not available. © 2002 Editor & Publisher. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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