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Second meeting to review libel/slander law

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2008 | 11:34 AM

The second public meeting to discuss the review of Jamaica’s libel and slander laws is expected to get underway today at the Holy Cross Church Hall in Half Way Tree, Kingston.

Members of the public are invited to share their views on how Jamaica\'s libel and slander laws should be changed to facilitate greater investigative journalism.

The review committee is also expected to make recommendations on how to effectively protect public figures against false and damaging publications.

The committee has until the end of February to submit its report to the Prime Minister.

However, at the first meeting held in Mandeville, Attorney Owen Crosbie felt that more time was needed for the consultations.

He said revision of the libel and slander laws is a complex matter, which requires more than the six weeks allotted.

He suggested that there might be need for a referendum on the matter.