It’s great that 349 members of parliament – nearly 80 percent of the body – voted on Oct. 2 to rescind a libel law that could have imprisoned journalists and other citizens, imposed stiff fines and banned media professionals from working. But the law should never have gotten as far as it did, winning a majority of 244 votes on the first reading on Sept. 18. 

It’s not progress.

Journalists can be commended for their quick response against the law. International organizations, business groups and governments deserve gratitude for applying pressure.

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