Lawmakers say they will back off libel law

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Sep. 27, 2012 23:41
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A banner at on Sept. 25 reads: “Stand up for your right to know. Say no to the libel law.” Many media owners, publishers and editors joined together to protest a proposed law that criminalizes libel.
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Threatened with a Stalinist libel law that a majority of the nation’s 450 lawmakers voted to support, many of Ukraine’s leading media outlets united in a series of protests that forced its author to back off – at least for now. 

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