The Herald (Harare)

22 July 2014

Zimbabwe: BREAKING NEWS: Defamation No Longer Criminal

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Court gavel.

The Constitutional Court has removed from the statutes Section 31 (a) (iii) of theCriminal Law (Codification and Reform Act), which criminalised defamation. This means defamation is no longer a criminal offence.

In a judgment by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, the section was dismissed as unjustifiable in a democratic society. The court ruled that the law was in breach of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution.

Details to follow…

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