Timorese journalists protest over plan to turn defamation into crime

Timor-Leste protest
Timor-Leste journalists and journalism students protest in Dili today against moves to criminalise defamation. Image: @Paqhar Malay

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk

Timor-Leste’s Journalist Association (AJTL) and journalism students marched through the streets of the capital Dili today calling on the government to scrap plans to change the law to make defamation a criminal offence.

Under the proposed law journalists could face jail sentences.

Opponents of the proposed law say it is an attack on democracy in a country with the highest world press freedom ranking in the region.

Words by Bob Howarth, image by AJTL.

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