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You're reading: Criminalization of defamation goes too far

The term
“defamation” is much wider than “libel” or “offense,” and, according to Kuzmin,
means “public dissemination of true or invented information which humiliates
honor, dignity or the business reputation of a citizen or organization,
dishonoring in media with the purpose of influencing one’s fulfillment of
duties.”

Kuzmin
outlined his views in a long Law and Business newspaper article last month. He
cites the need to strengthen the authority of t he judiciary and prevent
pressure on courts.

Meanwhile,
journalists, think that criminalization of defamation is a new attempt to silence
critical media coverage by instilling in them the fear of criminal prosecution.

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