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